verb (used with object), trun·dled, trun·dling.

verb (used without object), trun·dled, trun·dling.


Origin of trundle

First recorded in 1555–65; variant of trindle
Related formstrun·dler, nounun·trun·dled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trundle

Contemporary Examples of trundle

Historical Examples of trundle

  • “In other words, you direct me to trundle on board as fast as I can,” said Adair.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There were plenty of others who wanted to trundle the wheelbarrow.

    The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • Chicken Little was to sleep in the trundle bed with Katy and Gertie.

    Chicken Little Jane

    Lily Munsell Ritchie

  • Some of the youngsters were tucked away in trundle beds, you may be sure.

  • “Only Trundle there,” i.e., only that poor insignificant thing there!

    Pickwickian Studies

    Percy Fitzgerald

British Dictionary definitions for trundle



to move heavily on or as if on wheelsthe bus trundled by
(tr) archaic to rotate or spin


the act or an instance of trundling
a small wheel or roller
  1. the pinion of a lantern
  2. any of the bars in a lantern pinion
a small truck with low wheels

Word Origin for trundle

Old English tryndel; related to Middle High German trendel disc
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Word Origin and History for trundle

1540s (implied in trundle bed "low bed on small wheels"), possibly from Middle English trendle "wheel, suspended hoop" (early 14c.), from Old English trendel "ring, disk" (see trend). Also probably in part from Old French trondeler "to roll," which is of Germanic origin.

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