[ dreyl ]
/ dreɪl /


a hook with a lead-covered shank used in trolling.

verb (used without object)

to fish by trolling with a drail.

Origin of drail

1625–35; Americanism; special use of obsolete English, Middle English drail to drag along, apparently alteration of trail under influence of drag, draw, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for drail


/ (dreɪl) angling /


a weighted hook used in trolling


(intr) to fish with a drail

Word Origin for drail

C16: apparently from trail, influenced by draw
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