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
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How to use trunks in a sentence
And elephants do occasionally use their trunks as snorkels while swimming.
On 18 May, Spitz led Moore to Prien, where they located a large collection of trunks and crates belonging to Schwend.
It was a terrifying bombardment of rocks, palm trunks and flaming naphtha.In Threatening Baghdad, Militants Seek to Undo 800 Years of History | Justin Marozzi | August 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet there were no pictures of Harry in his swimming trunks being kissed by lithe beauties on Ipanema Beach this week.Prince Harry Should Be King: The Royal Family’s Ace Card | Tim Teeman | June 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His own trunks could do with urgent restyling, away from their current “Spanx diaper” vibe.Putin Vs. Obama—In Spandex: Wrestling’s New Cold War | Tim Teeman | May 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They ranged from moving trunks to cleaning cisterns, and, by grace of all of them, Sim was doing very well.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The sleeves of his doublet which protruded from his leather casing were of the same colour and material as his trunks.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
As soon as she is at your house, have her trunks carried immediately to her own room, and lead her there yourself.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
He had gone, in fact, to the dressing room, where boys of all sizes were putting on sandals and running trunks.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
The ax was to sever the head from the lifeless body, and all the headless trunks were to be interred together.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott