trolley

or trol·ly

[ trol-ee ]
/ ˈtrɒl i /
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noun, plural trol·leys.

verb (used with or without object), trol·leyed, trol·ley·ing.

to convey or go by trolley.

Nearby words

  1. trojan war,
  2. trojan women, the,
  3. troke,
  4. troland,
  5. troll,
  6. trolley bus,
  7. trolley car,
  8. trolley dolly,
  9. trolley line,
  10. trolleybus

Idioms

    off one's trolley, Slang.
    1. in a confused mental state.
    2. insane: He's been off his trolley for years, but his family refuses to have him committed.

Origin of trolley

First recorded in 1815–25; orig. dial.; apparently akin to troll1

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British Dictionary definitions for trolleys

trolleys

/ (ˈtrɒlɪz) /

pl n

slang men's underpants

trolley

/ (ˈtrɒlɪ) /

noun

verb

(tr) to transport (a person or object) on a trolley
See also trolleys

Word Origin for trolley

C19: probably from troll 1

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Word Origin and History for trolleys

trolley

n.

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).

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Idioms and Phrases with trolleys

trolley

see off one's head (trolley).

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