noun, plural trol·leys.
verb (used with or without object), trol·leyed, trol·ley·ing.
- in a confused mental state.
- insane: He's been off his trolley for years, but his family refuses to have him committed.
Origin of trolley
Related Words for trolleydisk, drum, roller, whirl, gyre, rotation, circulation, pulley, hoop, circumvolution, round, turn, gyration, circuit, twirl, pivot, spin, roll, ring, cycle
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Contemporary Examples of trolley
Four men in army uniform are seen loading massive safes onto a trolley.Photographs Expose Russian-Trained Killers in Kiev
March 30, 2014
A male suicide bomber was also believed to have detonated the Monday blast, which decimated the back half of a trolley bus.Up To Speed: 4 Things To Know About The Russia Bombings
December 30, 2013
At the very least, it seems acceptable to reroute the trolley.Would You Kill the Fat Man? And Other Conundrums
December 6, 2013
Hundreds of bees are whizzing circles around the Cotes as they stack honeycombs on the trolley.Honey Harvest at the Waldorf Astoria’s Beehives
August 3, 2013
Historical Examples of trolley
I brought her out here for a trolley ride and a picnic luncheon.
Halfway to the trolley line, the dog turned off into a by-road.
If you can get off for an hour, won't you take the trolley to the end of Division Street?
Large deals, of which the Trolley Combine was but one, were on foot.
Not for my attitude in the Trolley matter, nor for what I published in the Planet.
- mentally confused or disorganized
Word Origin for trolley
1823, in Suffolk dialect, "a cart," especially one with wheels flanged for running on a track (1858), probably from troll (v.) in the sense of "to roll." Sense transferred to "pulley to convey current to a streetcar motor" (1890), then "streetcar drawing power by a trolley" (1891).
see off one's head (trolley).