Definition of trundle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌnd(ə)l/


1(With reference to a wheeled vehicle or its occupants) move or cause to move slowly and heavily: [no object, with adverbial of direction]: ten vintage cars trundled past [with object and adverbial of direction]: we trundled a wheelbarrow down to the river and collected driftwood
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  • Plus, you get the added bonus of being able to trundle around in vehicles, most of them heavily armed.
  • It was sunny and crowded - kids in water parks, the tram trundling past, oldsters passing slowly in their loafers.
  • One of the nuclear trains from our local power plant trundled past at quarter past eight, bang on time.
1.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (Of a person) move heavily and slowly: she heard him coughing as he trundled out
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  • Regular tour guests pause to rest and relax at a beach stop and to take in some killer views, but I'd asked for the quick tour, so in less than an hour we were trundling back the way we came.
  • The two friendly moustached officers trundling along also exuded an archaic air with their starched white cotton shirts and trousers.
  • If we wanted a change of scenery - and we did several times during our seven-night adventure - we just trundled off to another more appealing location.


[in singular]
An act of moving slowly or heavily: the journey was just a trundle around the Northern line
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  • The second was a roller-coaster ride in which the opening stages were a gentle trundle followed by an all-in death slide as the game reached a dramatic and totally unexpected denouement.
  • A short trundle down the runway and a bit of throttle, and we were off, soaring up into the sky.
  • But already my hunched shoulders become broadened as my trundle becomes a bound.


Mid 16th century (denoting a small wheel or roller): a parallel formation to obsolete or dialect trendle, trindle 'revolve'; related to trend.

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