noun, plural trol·leys.
verb (used with or without object), trol·leyed, trol·ley·ing.
- trojan war,
- trojan women, the,
- trolley bus,
- trolley car,
- trolley dolly,
- trolley line,
- 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
Examples from the Web for trolleys
Trash bags filled with discarded food items dangled off trolleys.
All morning long, ferries, trolleys, trains were jammed with the race-mad throng.Garrison's Finish|W. B. M. Ferguson
The old rough kindliness of the people—when they were not aliens—in the streets, in the stores, in the trolleys, went to my heart.Our Philadelphia|Elizabeth Robins Pennell
The trolleys roaring out from Nettleton became great luminous serpents coiling in and out among the trees.Summer|Edith Wharton
- 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).