trolley

noun
trol·​ley | \ ˈträ-lē How to pronounce trolley (audio) \
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

trolley

verb
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

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One portrays a bygone electric trolley car from the 1930s rolling through Royal Oak in front of the Washington Square Building on South Washington at West Fourth Street. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak officials nix retiree's request for $18K per month temporary pay," 30 July 2019 In a trolley car that is rumored to have driven the capital’s streets between 1894 and 1912, 8Luxury Diner serves the city’s heartiest and homiest breakfast and lunch. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Cheyenne," 10 July 2019 Complaints from letter carriers assigned to Mailsters ranged from the front wheel getting stuck in trolley tracks to constant breakdowns, Pope says, and even one report of a massive dog toppling the vehicle. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Along the trolley tracks behind the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office, a biohazard cleanup crew works under police protection. Andy Ngo, WSJ, "Anarchy Breaks Out in Portland, With the Mayor’s Blessing," 3 Aug. 2018 Moira and Peader, towing his trolley bag, took up the rear. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 This one, not so much, either at the trolley museum or anywhere. Cynthia Fernandez, BostonGlobe.com, "Rare albino porcupine spotted in Maine," 16 July 2019 And in May, Spain’s Iberia, as part of the European Union’s Life Zero Cabin Waste initiative, introduced 500 new trolleys with two-compartment bins to separate packaging and paper-cardboard from other forms of waste. Jasmin Malik Chua, Vox, "The best $3,000 I ever spent: training for my unruly dog," 9 July 2019 No French supermarket trolley reaches the till without a six-pack of litre bottles, wrapped in yet more plastic film. The Economist, "Heat, water and plastic in France," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of trolley

Noun

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1882, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for trolley

Noun

probably from troll entry 2

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trolley

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trolley

US : 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

trolley

noun
trol·​ley | \ ˈträ-lē How to pronounce trolley (audio) \
plural trolleys

Kids Definition of trolley

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

trolley

noun
trol·​ley
variants: also trolly \ ˈträl-​ē How to pronounce trolly (audio) \
plural trolleys also trollies

Medical Definition of trolley

British
: gurney

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