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Definitions of trunks

trunks  (trʌŋks


plural noun

  1. 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
  2. shorts worn for some sports
  3. (mainly British) men's underpants with legs that reach midthigh

trunk  (trʌŋk



  1. the main stem of a tree, usually thick and upright, covered with bark and having branches at some distance from the ground
  2. a large strong case or box used to contain clothes and other personal effects when travelling and for storage
  3. (anatomy) the body excluding the head, neck, and limbs; torso
  4. the elongated prehensile nasal part of an elephant; proboscis
  5. Also called (Brit, Austral, NZ and South African): boot (US & Canadian) an enclosed compartment of a car for holding luggage, etc, usually at the rear
  6. (anatomy) the main stem of a nerve, blood vessel, etc
  7. (nautical) a watertight boxlike cover within a vessel with its top above the waterline, such as one used to enclose a centreboard
  8. an enclosed duct or passageway for ventilation, etc
  9. (modifier) of or relating to a main road, railway, etc, in a network   ⇒ a trunk line

Derived Forms

ˈtrunkˌful  noun
ˈtrunkless  adjective

Word Origin

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


View thesaurus entry
= stem, stock, stalk, bole
= chest, case, box, crate, bin, suitcase, locker, coffer, casket, portmanteau, kist (Scottish) ( & Northern England) (dialect)
= snout, nose, proboscis

Translations for 'trunks'

  • British English: trunks Trunks are shorts that a man wears when he goes swimming.trʌŋks NOUN
  • Arabic: سِرْوالُ سِبَاحَةٍ لِلرِجَال
  • Brazilian Portuguese: sunga
  • Chinese: 游泳裤
  • Croatian: kupaće gaće
  • Czech: plavkypánské
  • Danish: badebukser
  • Dutch: zwembroek
  • European Spanish: bañador
  • Finnish: uimahousut
  • French: short de bain
  • German: Badehose
  • Greek: σορτς
  • Italian: calzoncini da bagno
  • Japanese: トランクス
  • Korean: 남자 수영복
  • Norwegian: badebukse
  • Polish: kąpielówki
  • Portuguese: calções de banho
  • Romanian: chiloți de baie chilot de baie
  • Russian: трусы
  • Spanish: trajes de baño
  • Swedish: badbyxor
  • Thai: กางเกงว่ายน้ำชาย
  • Turkish: yüzücü şortu
  • Ukrainian: шорти
  • Vietnamese: quần bơi của đàn ông

Example Sentences Including 'trunks'

He found himself crossing a stream into some thick woods, carpeted with skunk cabbage and littered with fallen trunks.
Brandon, Ruth Left, Right and Centre
I was walking behind and I thought, what a fine pair of legs, like tree trunks they were, and I was right!
Grace, C.L A Shrine of Murders
Get into your trunks , Bob, you'll take the first test dive with me.
Arthur, Robert Three in One


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