2017-05-06 20:59:34 UTC
Does anyone know the origin of the word 'trunk'?
Its meaning seems to be used variously by the Author
Coriolanus Cor V.iii.23 Wherein this trunk was framed, and in her hand
Cymbeline Cym I.vii.196.2 They are in a trunk,
Cymbeline Cym I.vii.209 Send your trunk to me, it shall safe be kept,
Cymbeline Cym II.ii.11 Sleeps. Iachimo comes from the trunk
Cymbeline Cym II.ii.47 To th' trunk again, and shut the spring of it.
Cymbeline Cym II.ii.51 Goes into the trunk. The scene closes
Cymbeline Cym IV.ii.353 And never false. Soft ho, what trunk is here?
Henry IV Part 1 1H4 II.iv.437 thy companion. Why dost thou converse with that trunk of
Henry IV Part 2 2H4 IV.v.228 From this bare withered trunk. Upon thy sight
Henry V H5 III.vi.152 My ransom is this frail and worthless trunk;
I happened upon this when considering British terms 'boot' and American 'trunk' for the arse of a car, though on-line etymologies did not explain what a trunk was, except to illustrate 'steamer-trunk' and so on. It does not appear to be a very old word — eg, not Saxon, nor even Anglo-Norman.
Anyone have an idea?