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trull

[truhl]
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noun
  1. a prostitute; strumpet.
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Origin of trull

1510–20; of uncertain origin; cf. trollop, German Trulle loose woman
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Historical Examples

  • "Unless I'm mistaken, that is just what old Trull is up to now," said Wade.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • Hastily priming the tube, I whipped on a cap, then beckoned to old Trull.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • But neither the captain nor Trull nor Donovan could believe it was the surf.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • Old Trull and Bonney caught up the pike-poles to fend off with.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • "Now we'll get old man Trull to help us on the body," said Kit.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens


British Dictionary definitions for trull

trull

noun
  1. archaic a prostitute; harlot
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Word Origin

C16: from German Trulle; see trollop
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Word Origin and History for trull

n.

"a low prostitute or concubine; a drab, strumpet, trollop" [OED], 1510s, from German trulle, perhaps cognate with troll (n.), or perhaps from troll (v.), cf. Middle High German trolle "awkward fellow."

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