trol·ley | \ ˈträ-lē \
variants: or less commonly trolly
plural trolleys also trollies

Definition of trolley 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a streetcar powered electrically through a trolley

called also trolley car

b : a device that carries electric current from an overhead wire to an electrically driven vehicle

2 : a wheeled carriage running on an overhead rail or track

3 chiefly British : a cart or wheeled stand used for conveying something (such as food or books)

4 dialectal, England : a cart of any of various kinds


variants: or less commonly trolly
trolleyed also trollied; trolleying also trollying

Definition of trolley (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to convey by a trolley

intransitive verb

: to ride on a trolley

Examples of trolley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The trolley runs on the weekends and holidays but should run every day., "Balboa Peninsula trolley should run daily to ease congestion," 9 July 2018 One minute Pump is being pushed on a gurney and the next both men are passing out colorful pills from a trolley cart. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Lil Pump Previews Bizarre Video for 'Drug Addict' Featuring Charlie Sheen: Watch," 5 July 2018 There will be free trolley rides to and from the event from Frankfort Avenue. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "BOOM! 15+ Fourth of July events that'll have you cheering for America," 28 June 2018 The trolley is the last one of that nature in the city. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Metro faces roadblock in race to demolish Georgetown trolley trestle," 1 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter Creator’s burger bot is a trolley-sized unit that has a footprint of two square metres. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 And not one of those old-timey trolleys that doesn’t go much of anywhere and goes there slowly. Richard Rubin, kansascity, "The New York Times came to KC and fell in love with the streetcar," 6 July 2018 There are no waterslides, fudge shops or trolley tours. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 Free shuttles will run until 10 p.m. with free trolleys going around the North Beach Loop, Collins Link, Middle Beach Loop and South Beach loop until midnight. Connie Ogle, miamiherald, "Want to watch fireworks or go to a picnic or parade on the Fourth of July? Here’s where to go," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of trolley


1823, in the meaning defined at sense 4


1882, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for trolley


probably from troll entry 2

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Phrases Related to trolley

off one's trolley

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English Language Learners Definition of trolley

: 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


trol·ley | \ ˈträ-lē \
plural trolleys

Kids Definition of trolley

1 : a passenger car that runs on tracks and gets its power through electricity

2 : a wheeled cart


variants: also trolly \ˈträl-ē \
plural trolleys also trollies

Medical Definition of trolley 


: gurney

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