from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Short ballooning breeches, extending from the waist to midthigh, worn by men in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. large breeches formerly worn, reaching to the knees.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. puffed breeches of the 16th and 17th centuries usually worn over hose
Perhaps from obsolete trunk, to cut off, from Latin truncāre; see truncate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)