[ truhngk ]
/ trʌŋk /



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

Origin of trunk

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

Related forms

trunk·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 (1 of 2)


/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for trunks (2 of 2)


/ (trʌŋk) /


See also trunks

Derived Forms

trunkful, nountrunkless, adjective

Word Origin for trunk

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