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trunks (trʌŋks Pronunciation for trunks

Definitions

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 Pronunciation for trunk

Definitions

noun

  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

Synonyms

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= stem, stock, stalk, bole
= chest, case, box, crate, bin, suitcase, locker, coffer, casket, portmanteau, kist
= snout, nose, proboscis

Translations for 'trunks'

  • British English: trunksPronunciation for trunks Trunks are shorts that a man wears when he goes swimming.trʌŋks NOUN
  • Arabic: سِرْوالُ سِبَاحَةٍ لِلرِجَالPronunciation for سِرْوالُ سِبَاحَةٍ لِلرِجَال
  • Brazilian Portuguese: sungaPronunciation for sunga
  • Chinese: 游泳裤Pronunciation for 游泳裤
  • Croatian: kupaće gaćePronunciation for kupaće gaće
  • Czech: plavkyPronunciation for plavkypánské
  • Danish: badebukserPronunciation for badebukser
  • Dutch: zwembroekPronunciation for zwembroek
  • European Spanish: bañadorPronunciation for bañador
  • Finnish: uimahousutPronunciation for uimahousut
  • French: short de bainPronunciation for short de bain
  • German: BadehosePronunciation for Badehose
  • Greek: σορτςPronunciation for σορτς
  • Italian: calzoncini da bagnoPronunciation for calzoncini da bagno
  • Japanese: トランクスPronunciation for トランクス
  • Korean: 남자 수영복Pronunciation for 남자 수영복
  • Norwegian: badebuksePronunciation for badebukse
  • Polish: kąpielówkiPronunciation for kąpielówki
  • Portuguese: calções de banhoPronunciation for calções de banho
  • Romanian: chiloți de baie chilot de baie
  • Russian: трусыPronunciation for трусы
  • Spanish: trajes de bañoPronunciation for trajes de baño
  • Swedish: badbyxorPronunciation for badbyxor
  • Thai: กางเกงว่ายน้ำชายPronunciation for กางเกงว่ายน้ำชาย
  • Turkish: yüzücü şortuPronunciation for yüzücü şortu
  • Ukrainian: шорти
  • Vietnamese: quần bơi của đàn ôngPronunciation for quần bơi của đàn ông

Example Sentences Including 'trunks'

Get into your trunks , Bob, you'll take the first test dive with me.
Arthur, Robert Three in One
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

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