[ truhn-dl ]
See synonyms for: trundletrundledtrundling on

verb (used with object),trun·dled, trun·dling.
  1. to cause (a circular object) to roll along; roll.

  2. to convey or move in a wagon, cart, or other wheeled vehicle; wheel: The farmer trundled his produce to market in a rickety wagon.

  1. Archaic. to cause to rotate; twirl; spin.

verb (used without object),trun·dled, trun·dling.
  1. to roll along.

  2. to move or run on a wheel or wheels.

  1. to travel in a wheeled vehicle: He got into his car and trundled downtown.

  2. to move or walk with a rolling gait.

  1. a small wheel, roller, or the like.

  2. a lantern wheel.

  1. each of the bars of a lantern wheel.

  2. a truck or carriage on low wheels.

Origin of trundle

First recorded in 1555–65; variant of trindle

Other words from trundle

  • trundler, noun
  • un·trun·dled, adjective

Words Nearby trundle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use trundle in a sentence

  • But don't be frightened,' said the good-humoured old man; 'it's only trundle there, and Bella.'

    The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
  • He came to the side of the trundle-bed and pulled at the bedding near Margaret's shoulder for some time before he woke.

British Dictionary definitions for trundle


/ (ˈtrʌndəl) /

  1. to move heavily on or as if on wheels: the bus trundled by

  2. (tr) archaic to rotate or spin

  1. the act or an instance of trundling

  2. a small wheel or roller

    • the pinion of a lantern

    • any of the bars in a lantern pinion

  1. a small truck with low wheels

Origin of trundle

Old English tryndel; related to Middle High German trendel disc

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