verb (used without object), pa·trolled, pa·trol·ling.
verb (used with object), pa·trolled, pa·trol·ling.
Origin of patrol
Examples from the Web for patroller
Historical Examples of patroller
The master told John Arnold, the patroller chief, not to bother 'em.
His name was Buck Colbert and he claimed he was a patroller.
My mother had a brother Hobb and the patroller tried to whip him.Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives
Work Projects Administration
They held council that night among the grass huts—the nine that were left after the unsuccessful attack on the patroller.
I stumbled among the others—that crowd you used to capture the patroller—and got a line on where you were.
verb -trols, -trolling or -trolled
Word Origin for patrol
1660s, "action of going the rounds" (of a military camp, etc.), from French patrouille "a night watch" (1530s), from patrouiller "go the rounds to watch or guard," originally "tramp through the mud," probably soldiers' slang, from Old French patouiller "paddle in water," probably from pate "paw, foot" (see patten). Compare paddlefoot, World War II U.S. Army slang for "infantry soldier." Meaning "those who go on a patrol" is from 1660s. Sense of "detachment of soldiers sent out to scout the countryside, the enemy, etc." is attested from 1702.
1690s, from patrol (n.) and in part from French patrouiller. Related: Patrolled; patrolling.