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truckle bed

a low bed moving on casters, usually pushed under another bed when not in use.
Also called trundle bed.
Origin of truckle bed
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Disgust for my corridor, for my truckle-bed flattened out like a pancake, for my linen rotten with dirt, took hold of me.

    Sac-Au-Dos Joris Karl Huysmans
  • When a truckle-bed with a sick man (some invalid agent from upcountry) was put in there, he exhibited a gentle annoyance.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • Through the evening Sigismund rested wearily on his truckle-bed.

  • She was up from the truckle-bed directly, wildly feeling about her for her basket, and gazing at him in affright.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • Put my supper in the little off-room below, and have the truckle-bed made.

  • So saying he drew a truckle-bed close to the fire, and heaped it with the skins of sheep and goats.

  • A man lay there, on a truckle-bed, and William Swidger stood at the bedside.

  • Adele opened the door of the closet, where a truckle-bed stood, and thrust the girl in.

    At the Villa Rose A. E. W. Mason
  • The stone passage was a solitude, and the truckle-bed was empty.

    No Name Wilkie Collins
  • When I came to myself I was lying upon a truckle-bed, in a bare, half-furnished room.

British Dictionary definitions for truckle-bed

truckle bed

a low bed on wheels, stored under a larger bed, used esp formerly by a servant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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