AskDefine | Define trunk

Dictionary Definition



1 the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber [syn: tree trunk, bole]
2 luggage consisting of a large strong case used when traveling or for storage
3 the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; "they moved their arms and legs and bodies" [syn: torso, body]
4 compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools; "he put his golf bag in the trunk" [syn: luggage compartment, automobile trunk]
5 a long flexible snout as of an elephant [syn: proboscis]

User Contributed Dictionary



From tronc ("alms box", "tree trunk") < truncus ("lopped tree trunk").


  • /tʃɹʌŋk/


  1. The (usually single) upright part of a tree, between the roots and the branches.
  2. A large suitcase, usually requiring two persons to lift and with a hinged lid.
  3. The torso.
  4. The extended and articulated nose or nasal organ of an elephant.
  5. In the context of "US|automotive": The luggage storage compartment of a sedan/saloon style car.
  6. In the context of "US|telecommunications": A circuit between telephone switchboards or other switching equipment.
  7. a chute or conduit, or a watertight shaft connecting two or more decks.



tree trunk
  • Albanian: trung
  • Catalan: tronc
  • Croatian: stablo, deblo
  • Czech: kmen
  • Dutch: stam
  • Finnish: runko, puunrunko
  • French: tronc
  • German: Stamm
  • Greek: κορμός
  • Hungarian: törzs, fatörzs
  • Italian: tronco
  • Japanese: 幹
  • Korean: 그루 (geuru)
  • Kurdish: qurm
  • Latin: truncus
  • Polish: pień
  • Portuguese: tronco
  • Romanian: trunchi and
  • Russian: ствол
  • Serbian: deblo, stablo
  • Slovene: deblo
  • Spanish: tronco
  • Swedish: stam
  • Telugu: కాండము (kaaMDamu)
large suitcase or chest
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 行李箱 (xínglǐxiāng)
  • Dutch: koffer
  • Finnish: matkalaukku, matka-arkku, kirstu
  • French: malle
  • German: Koffer
  • Hungarian: bőrönd
  • Italian: baule
  • Japanese: 行李, 長持, トランク
  • Korean: 트렁크 (teureongkeu)
  • Portuguese: baú
  • Russian: сундук
  • Serbian: sanduk, kovčeg
  • Slovene: zaboj , kovček
  • Spanish: baúl
  • Swedish: koffert
extended nasal organ of an elephant
  • Czech: chobot
  • Danish: snabel
  • Dutch: slurf
  • Finnish: kärsä
  • French: trompe
  • German: Rüssel
  • Japanese: 鼻
  • Russian: хобот (khóbot)
  • Serbian: surla
  • Slovene: rilec
  • Spanish: trompa
  • Swedish: snabel
luggage storage compartment of a sedan/saloon style car
telecommunications line
swimming trunks See swimming trunks
Translations to be checked

Extensive Definition

Trunk may refer to:

See also

trunk in German: Trunk
trunk in Esperanto: Trunko
trunk in French: Tronc
trunk in Galician: Tronco (árbore)
trunk in Korean: 트렁크
trunk in Italian: Tronco
trunk in Dutch: Stam (plant)
trunk in Japanese: トランク
trunk in Portuguese: Tronco
trunk in Russian: Транк
trunk in Simple English: Trunk
trunk in Thai: Trunk

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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