One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A trundle bed.
- ‘There he settled him back down onto the truckle bed and felt his brow and pulse.’
- ‘Essential for sleepovers, the truckle bed simply pulls out ready-for-use when friends come to stay.’
- ‘Tours are offered (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) of his modest house, where he slept in a truckle bed and practised in an interior of monastic restraint.’
- ‘I slept on a truckle bed, sharing a room with two brothers in their thirties.’
Late Middle English: from truckle in the sense ‘wheel’ + bed.
truckle bed/ˈtrəkəl bed/
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