Trunk of a Yellow birch tree

Tapir extending its quick trunk to smell


From Center English tronke, trunke, borrowed from Previous French tronc (alms field, tree trunk, headless physique), from Latin truncus (a inventory, lopped tree trunk), from truncus (minimize off, maimed, mutilated). For the verb, examine French tronquer, and see truncate. Doublet of truncus and tronk.



trunk (plural trunks)

  1. (heading, organic) A part of a physique.
    1. The normally single, kind of upright a part of a tree, between the roots and the branches: the tree trunk.
    2. The torso.
    3. The conspicuously prolonged, cell, nose-like organ of an animal resembling a sengi, a tapir or particularly an elephant. The trunks of varied sorts of animals could be tailored to probing and sniffing, as within the sengis, or be partly prehensile, as within the tapir, or be a flexible prehensile organ for manipulation, feeding, ingesting and combating as within the elephant.
  2. (heading) A container.
    1. A big suitcase, chest, or related receptacle for carrying or storing private possessions, normally with a hinged, typically domed lid, and handles at every finish, in order that typically it takes two individuals to hold a full trunk.
      • There may be an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. Mail baggage, so I perceive, are being placed on board. Stewards, carrying cabin trunks, swarm within the corridors.
    2. A field or chest normally lined with leather-based, steel, or fabric, or typically manufactured from leather-based, conceal, or steel, for holding or transporting garments or different items.
      • c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Dying of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Printed In keeping with the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, revealed 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:

        To lie, like pawns, lock’d up in chests and trunks

    3. (US, Canada, automotive) The baggage storage compartment of a sedan/saloon fashion automobile; a boot
      • 2005, Jordan Houston, Darnell Carlton, Paul Beauregard, Premro Smith, Marlon Goodwin, David Brown, and Willie Hutchinson (lyrics), “Keep Fly”, in Most Recognized Unknown[1], Sony BMG, carried out by Three 6 Mafia (that includes Younger Buck, eight Ball, and MJG):

        I am a stunt; experience within the automobile with some bump within the trunk.

  3. (heading) A channel for circulation of some sort.
    1. (US, telecommunications) A circuit between phone switchboards or different switching tools.
    2. A chute or conduit, or a watertight shaft connecting two or extra decks.
    3. An extended, massive field, pipe, or conductor, manufactured from plank or steel plates, for varied makes use of, as for conveying air to a mine or to a furnace, water to a mill, grain to an elevator, and so forth.
    4. (archaic) An extended tube via which pellets of clay, peas, and so forth., are pushed by the drive of the breath. A peashooter
    5. (mining) A flume or sluice through which ores are separated from the slimes through which they’re contained.
  4. (software program engineering) In software program tasks underneath supply management: probably the most present supply tree, from which the newest unstable builds (so-called “trunk builds”) are compiled.
  5. The primary line or physique of something.

    the trunk of a vein or of an artery, as distinct from the branches

    1. (transport) A important line in a river, canal, railroad, or freeway system.
    2. (structure) The a part of a pilaster between the bottom and capital, equivalent to the shaft of a column.
  6. A big pipe forming the piston rod of a steam engine, of enough diameter to permit one finish of the connecting rod to be hooked up to the crank, and the opposite finish to cross inside the pipe on to the piston, thus making the engine extra compact.
  7. Shorts used for swimming (swim trunks).


  • (baggage storage compartment of a sedan/saloon fashion automobile): boot (UK, Aus), dicky (India)
  • (upright a part of a tree): tree trunk
  • (nostril of an elephant): proboscis


  • (a big suitcase; a chest for holding items): footlocker

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trunk (third-person singular easy current trunks, current participle trunking, easy previous and previous participle trunked)

  1. (transitive, out of date) To lop off; to curtail; to truncate.
  2. (transitive, mining) To extract (ores) from the slimes through which they’re contained, by the use of a trunk.


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