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From Scots troak, troke (to barter, truck), from Middle English trukken, trukien (> English truck), from Old French troquier, of Germanic origin. Compare German Trug (deceit, trickery, deception). More at truck.


troak (third-person singular simple present troaks, present participle troaking, simple past and past participle troaked)

  1. To barter or trade, especially outside a government monopoly.
    • 1885, anonymous, “A REMARKABLE WELL”[1], Waikato Times: 
      The trade of Greenland is a strict monopoly of the Danish Government, and accordingly the Government puts a cheek upon any trading or fishing within a certain distance of the coast. It does not, however, prohibit the sale of small articles not used in their trade, here commences a curious traffic with the natives, known to the Scottish whalers under the name of "troaking".
    • 1755 1755-05-09, Allan Ramsay, Blyth[2], The Edinburgh magazine, or Literary miscellany, page 40:
      For living are obliged to rub thro' to fend by troaking, buying, felling, the profit's aft no worth the telling.