[ truhngk ]
/ trʌŋk /



of, relating to, or noting a main channel or line, as of a railroad or river.

Nearby words

  1. truncheon,
  2. trundle,
  3. trundle bed,
  4. trundler,
  5. trundletail,
  6. trunk cabin,
  7. trunk call,
  8. trunk curl,
  9. trunk engine,
  10. trunk hose

Origin of trunk

1400–50; late Middle English trunke < Latin truncus stem, trunk, stump, noun use of truncus lopped

Related formstrunk·less, adjectivesub·trunk, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trunks


/ (trʌŋks) /

pl n

Also called: swimming trunks a man's garment worn for swimming, either fairly loose and extending from the waist to the thigh or briefer and close-fitting
shorts worn for some sports
mainly British men's underpants with legs that reach midthigh


/ (trʌŋk) /


See also trunks

Derived Formstrunkful, nountrunkless, adjective

Word Origin for trunk

C15: from Old French tronc, from Latin truncus, from truncus (adj) lopped

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Word Origin and History for trunks



mid-15c., "box, case," from Old French tronc "alms box in a church" (12c.), also "trunk of a tree, trunk of the human body," from Latin truncus, originally "mutilated, cut off." The meaning "box, case" is likely to be from the notion of the body as the "case" of the organs. English acquired the other two senses of the Old French in late 15c.: "main stem of a tree" and "torso of a human body." The sense of "luggage compartment of a motor vehicle" is from 1930. The use in reference to an elephant's snout is from 1560s, perhaps from confusion with trump (short for trumpet). Railroad trunk line is attested from 1843; telephone version is from 1889.

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Medicine definitions for trunks


[ trŭngk ]


The body excluding the head and limbs.
The main stem of a blood vessel or nerve apart from the branches.
A large collecting lymphatic vessel.

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