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truckle bed

a low bed moving on casters, usually pushed under another bed when not in use.
Also called trundle bed.
Origin of truckle bed
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All for having set up a truckle bed in a wretched garret in the roof.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • What would they not have given, a week or two later, for a truckle bed and a tiled roof?

  • Quest was on his hands and knees, fumbling under his truckle bed.

    The Black Box E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • When Lingard ordered him to receive Joanna into his house, he had a truckle bed put into the office—the only room he could spare.

  • In the daytime the truckle bed, on castors, was rolled under the standing bed.

  • His pointing to the truckle bed in the corner, seemed gradually to bring that poor couch to Bradley's wandering remembrance.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • And at last they came upon the man they sought sleeping peacefully on a truckle bed.

    Scotland Yard George Dilnot
  • Which, indeed, is witnessed to by the whole goggle-eyed populace in the truckle bed.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • There were but two inodorous rooms, the innermost of which contained a truckle bed.

    Menotah Ernest G. Henham
  • No longer did personal servants bed down in the drawing room or outside their master's door or in a truckle bed at his feet.

British Dictionary definitions for truckle bed

truckle bed

a low bed on wheels, stored under a larger bed, used esp formerly by a servant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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