trolley

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noun

trol·​ley ˈträ-lē How to pronounce trolley (audio)
variants or less commonly trolly
plural trolleys also trollies
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a
: 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

trolley

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verb

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

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
Adding to the ease of island transport is the complimentary Siesta Key Breeze trolley. Carrie Honaker, Travel + Leisure, 24 June 2024 At the transit center where migrants are dropped off, humanitarian organizations usher them toward the local trolley and offer directions to the airport using free public transportation. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2024
Verb
The 360-degree spinner wheels are easy to trolley across terminals. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, 22 Sep. 2020 See all Example Sentences for trolley 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

probably from troll entry 2

First Known Use

Noun

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1882, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of trolley was in 1823

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Cite this Entry

“Trolley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trolley. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

trolley

noun
trol·​ley
variants also trolly
ˈträl-ē
plural trolleys also trollies
1
a
: a device for carrying current from a wire to an electrically driven vehicle
b
: a streetcar that runs on tracks and gets its electric power through a trolley

called also trolley car

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

Medical Definition

trolley

noun
trol·​ley
variants also trolly
plural trolleys also trollies
British
: gurney

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