Definition of trundle in US English:



  • 1(with reference to a wheeled vehicle or its occupants) move or cause to move slowly and heavily, typically in a noisy or uneven way.

    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’
    • ‘There may be nostalgia by the public but there can be no place for a horse-drawn vehicle, a relic of the Victorian era, to trundle onto roads bulging with 21 st-century traffic.’
    • ‘They both agree that the main problem facing residents in the road is heavy goods vehicles trundling to and from industrial premises.’
    • ‘Jack had just opened the door, but pulled it shut again when a line of heavy camouflage-painted vehicles came trundling up the road.’
    • ‘It was sunny and crowded - kids in water parks, the tram trundling past, oldsters passing slowly in their loafers.’
    • ‘The madcap machines from blockbuster film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are winging and trundling their way to Bradford.’
    • ‘On Sunday afternoon, the two girls left in Vanessa's small dusty car, trundling slowly down the rutted driveway through the field.’
    • ‘Driving full throttle on his wheel rims, he trundled back to Augusta at 30 mph and meandered through downtown, trailed by a posse of 14 cruisers.’
    • ‘The only sound he could hear was the quiet creaking of the wagon's wooden wheels as it trundled over the cobbled streets and the steady beat of his heart, loud in his ears.’
    • ‘Plus, you get the added bonus of being able to trundle around in vehicles, most of them heavily armed.’
    • ‘A local resident fears the plans will also mean up to 25 lorries a day trundling past her house.’
    • ‘Aging vehicles trundle along tracks on the road, usually bursting at the seams with passengers and in a mild state of disrepair.’
    • ‘All he did was touch the clutch while going downhill, instead of keeping his feet well clear of the pedals and allowing the vehicle to trundle down in low-ratio first gear.’
    • ‘We don't see this kind of vehicle trundling along the interstate, but we do see its value for grading and excavation contractors when the materials stay at the site.’
    • ‘The little station building is still there, and tourist trains still trundle by almost hourly.’
    • ‘However, when lorries trundled past the snakes would be shaken off the branches and often smashed through the windscreens of cars because of their hard heads.’
    • ‘One of the nuclear trains from our local power plant trundled past at quarter past eight, bang on time.’
    • ‘I waited for fully 90 seconds for a small goods train to trundle past.’
    • ‘Amy watched the world speed past as the bus trundled along until they came to Sara's stop.’
    • ‘But residents on the quiet residential streets say they were kept in the dark about the extent of the diversion - and were shocked to find double-decker buses trundling past their front door on Monday morning.’
    • ‘The lenses were, in fact, spying on the thousands of vehicles trundling through the city's busy streets.’
    push, roll
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial of direction (of a person) move slowly or heavily.
      ‘she could hear him coughing as he trundled out’
      • ‘Dad's eyes are swollen as he comes trundling through the doorway.’
      • ‘Five million visitors trundle into the Grand Canyon every year, but they make little impact.’
      • ‘When I got home Harry trundled along to see if I'd got him anything good.’
      • ‘Soon afterward everyone came back inside to wash his or her hands and trundle off to bed.’
      • ‘Ben trundles on behind the trolley carrying my rather large bag of hospital essentials.’
      • ‘And with that, the fat old man trundled off to start class.’
      • ‘So, after another fifteen minutes, off I trundle back to the post office for another form.’
      • ‘He snorted as the old man trundled up to him, relaxing slightly.’
      • ‘He trundled off into a large chamber on the other side of the cavern.’
      • ‘I fretted as we trundled slowly home in a rather despondent way.’
      • ‘At home, I set to work organizing everything for tonight, have a quick nap and before I know it, it's 6 p.m. and I'm trundling off to the theatre, bags and bags of cards and presents in hand.’
      • ‘So, after another fifteen minutes, off I trundle back to the office.’
      • ‘He just trundled on, his public school affability masking a lack of clear thought.’
      • ‘I sighed contentedly and trundled off to bed.’
      • ‘When our group at work goes outside for a cigarette break, I usually trundle along behind them.’
      • ‘Sam trundled off to bed, looking less pale than before, shaking his head and mumbling about how it was a great riff, though…’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 officers trundled along behind her, clearly unimpressed by her outburst.’
      wheel, push
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  • An act of moving slowly or heavily.

    • ‘High - speed routes became low-speed trundles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And trust officials are hoping as many fans as possible will get in training for the estimated seven mile trundle.’


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