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trunk (trʌŋk )



  1. the main stem of a tree
  2. the body of a human being or animal, not including the head and limbs
  3. the thorax of an insect
  4. the main body or stem of a nerve, blood vessel, etc., as distinguished from its branches
  5. a long, flexible snout or proboscis, as of an elephant
  6. a large, reinforced box or chest, used in traveling or for storage, as to hold clothing and personal effects
  7. a large, long, boxlike pipe, shaft, etc. for conveying air, water, etc.
  8. ([pl.]) trunk hose
  9. (US, [pl.]) shorts worn by men for athletics, esp. for boxing or swimming
  10. (US) trunk line
  11. (US) a compartment in an automobile, usually in the rear, for holding a spare tire, luggage, etc.
  12. (architecture) the shaft of a column
  13. (nautical)
    1. the part of a cabin above the upper deck
    2. a boxlike or funnel-like casing, as for a centerboard or for connecting upper and lower hatches

Word Origin

ME tronke < OFr tronc < L truncus, a stem, trunk < truncus, maimed, mutilated < IE * tronkus < base * trenk-, to press together, crowd > throng


View thesaurus entry
= stem, bole, stalk
= chest, box, case, casket, coffer, crate
= body, torso
= snout, proboscis

Translations for 'trunk'

  • American English: trunk The trunk of a tree is the large main stem from which the branches grow.The trunk of the tree was more than five feet across. trunks
  • Arabic: جِذْع
  • Brazilian Portuguese: troncoárvore
  • Chinese: 树干
  • Croatian: deblo
  • Czech: kmenstromu
  • Danish: kuffert
  • Dutch: boomstam
  • European Spanish: troncoAnatomía
  • Finnish: puunrunko
  • French: tronc
  • German: Baumstamm Baumstämme
  • Greek: κορμόςδέντρο
  • Italian: tronco
  • Japanese:
  • Korean: 나무 줄기
  • Norwegian: (tre)stamme
  • Polish: pień
  • Portuguese: troncoárvore
  • Romanian: tulpină tulpini
  • Russian: ствол
  • Spanish: tronco
  • Swedish: koffert
  • Thai: ลำต้น
  • Turkish: ağaç gövdesi
  • Ukrainian: стовбур
  • Vietnamese: thân cây
  • American English: trunk An elephant's trunk is its long nose. Elephants use their trunks to suck up water and to lift things. trunkselephant
  • Arabic: خُرْطُومُ الفِيل
  • Brazilian Portuguese: tromba
  • Chinese: 象鼻
  • Croatian: surla
  • Czech: chobot
  • Danish: snabel
  • Dutch: slurf
  • European Spanish: trompa
  • Finnish: kärsä
  • French: trompeéléphant
  • German: Rüssel
  • Greek: προβοσκίδα
  • Italian: proboscide
  • Japanese:
  • Korean:
  • Norwegian: snabel
  • Polish: trąba
  • Portuguese: tromba
  • Romanian: trompă trompe
  • Russian: хобот
  • Spanish: trompa
  • Swedish: snabel
  • Thai: งวง
  • Turkish: hortum
  • Ukrainian: хобот
  • Vietnamese: vòi
  • American English: trunk A trunk is a large, strong box that you use to keep things in. trunksbox
  • Arabic: صُنْدُوق
  • Brazilian Portuguese: baú
  • Chinese: 大箱
  • Croatian: kovčeg
  • Czech: bedna
  • Danish: kiste
  • Dutch: koffer
  • European Spanish: baúl
  • Finnish: kirstu
  • French: coffre
  • German: Kasten
  • Greek: μπαούλο
  • Italian: baule
  • Japanese: トランク
  • Korean: 트렁크
  • Norwegian: koffert
  • Polish: kufer
  • Portuguese: baú
  • Romanian: cufăr cufere
  • Russian: сундук
  • Spanish: baúl
  • Swedish: trunk
  • Thai: หีบใส่ของ
  • Turkish: sandık
  • Ukrainian: валіза
  • Vietnamese: rương

Example Sentences Including 'trunk'

The trunk struck her shoulder with the force of a major-league swing.
Gregg Andrew Hurwitz MINUTES TO BURN (2001)


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