- an immoral or promiscuous woman, especially a prostitute.
- an untidy or slovenly woman; slattern.
Origin of trollop
1605–15; earlier trollops; perhaps akin to troll1
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Examples from the Web for trollop
"But Christian Killip is nothing but a trollop, anyway, sir," said Csar.The Manxman
We have been Dickens'd and Trollop'd, and it should do us good.
I should think you'd want to hide your face in shame, you trollop.
"She's no more of a trollop than you are," said he, with spirit.
No, I am afraid not—if you have resumed your principles, Mr. Trollop.The Gilded Age, Complete
Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
- a promiscuous woman, esp a prostitute
- an untidy woman; slattern
C17: perhaps from German dialect Trolle prostitute; perhaps related to trull
Word Origin and History for trollop
1610s, "slovenly woman," probably from troll (v.) in sense of "roll about, wallow."
[A] certain Anne Hayward, wife of Gregory Hayward of Beighton, did in the parishe church of Beighton aforesaid in the time of Divine Service or Sermon there, and when the Minister was reading & praying, violently & boisterously presse & enter into the seat or place where one Elizabeth, wife of Robert Spurlinir, was quietly at her Devotion & Duty to Almighty God and then and there did quarrel chide & braule & being evilly & inalitiously bent did use then and there many rayleing opprobrious Speeches & Invectives against the said Elizabeth calling her Tripe & Trallop, to the great disturbance both of the Minister and Congregation. [Archdeaconry of Sudbury, Suffolk, Court Proceedings, 1682]
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