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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A low bed on casters that can be rolled under another bed for storage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A low bed, designed to be rolled/stored away, usually on casters, under a higher bed, e.g. for temporary use by guests.

Etymologies

trundle 'pulley' + bed (Wiktionary)

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  • Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
    And Nod is a little head,
    And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
    Is a wee one's trundle bed.
    So shut your eyes while mother sings
    Of wonderful sights that be,
    And you shall see the beautiful things
    As you rock in the misty sea,
    Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
    Wynken,
    Blynken,
    And Nod.


    Excerpt from Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene Field

    February 11, 2008

  • Trundle beds (or truckle beds) are usually considered a pair of beds, one slightly smaller than a twin bed that is on rollers or casters so that it may be put beneath the upper twin bed for storage. Trundle beds allow for two separate beds to be available when necessary, but do not require the space constantly. It is a space-saving idea. The lower bed on some trundle beds can "pop-up" to be the same height as the bed they are stored beneath, creating a larger bed that may be used for guests.
    _Wikipedia

    February 11, 2008