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 trolleysdisk, drum, roller, trolley, whirl, gyre, rotation, circulation, pulley, hoop, circumvolution, round, turn, gyration, circuit, twirl, pivot, spin, roll, ring
Examples from the Web for trolleys
Contemporary Examples of trolleys
Trash bags filled with discarded food items dangled off trolleys.The National-Security Diaper Scramble
April 25, 2013
Historical Examples of trolleys
All morning long, ferries, trolleys, trains were jammed with the race-mad throng.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
Ever do much with municipal franchises,—trolleys, lighting, that sort of thing?Torchy, Private Sec.
Our trolleys, with all the baggage, had to be transferred to another line.The Fulfilment of a Dream of Pastor Hsi's
A. Mildred Cable
Yes,” said I, “it must be easy to get anywhere now, with the trolleys so thick.Penguin Persons & Peppermints
Walter Prichard Eaton
"He's off his trolleys again, Jim," said the big fellow to the other.The Ghost Breaker
- 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).