noun trol·ley \ˈträ-lē\

: an electric vehicle that runs along the street on tracks

: a vehicle that is pulled along tracks on the ground by a moving cable or that hangs from a moving cable

: a metal basket on wheels used to hold groceries while you are shopping

plural trolleys also trollies

Full Definition of TROLLEY

dial English :  a cart of any of various kinds
a :  a device that carries electric current from an overhead wire to an electrically driven vehicle
b :  a streetcar powered electrically through a trolley —called also trolley car
:  a wheeled carriage running on an overhead rail or track
chiefly British :  a cart or wheeled stand used for conveying something (as food or books)

Variants of TROLLEY

trol·ley also trol·ly \ˈträ-lē\

Origin of TROLLEY

probably from 1troll
First Known Use: 1823


trol·leyed also trol·liedtrol·ley·ing also trol·ly·ing

Definition of TROLLEY

transitive verb
:  to convey by a trolley
intransitive verb
:  to ride on a trolley

Variants of TROLLEY

trolley also trolly

First Known Use of TROLLEY


Rhymes with TROLLEY

TROLLY Defined for Kids


noun trol·ley \ˈträ-lē\
plural trolleys

Definition of TROLLEY for Kids

:  a passenger car that runs on tracks and gets its power through electricity
:  a wheeled cart
Medical Dictionary


noun trol·ley
plural trolleys also trollies

Medical Definition of TROLLEY

British :  gurney

Variants of TROLLEY

trol·ley also trol·ly \ˈträl-ē\


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