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See also: Trolley


Image of a trolley car
Trolley (sense 2)
Imafe of a shopping cart
Trolley (sense 6)

Alternative forms[edit]


Early 19th century (1823) meaning "cart", of dialectal origin (Suffolk), probably from troll (to trundle, roll) +‎ -ey (diminutive ending).


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  • Rhymes: -ɒli


trolley (plural trolleys or trollies)

  1. A trolley pole; a single-pole device for collecting electrical current from an overhead electrical line, normally for a tram/streetcar or a trolleybus.
  2. (US) A streetcar or light train.
    Synonyms: (UK) tram, trolley car
    • 1946, George Johnston, Skyscrapers in the Mist, page 107:
      Gremlinesque behaviour might not be very obvious to an America, who would accept as perfectly natural the quaintly pixilated sayings and doings that are happening in subways, in trolleys, on buses, in bars at all times of the day and night.
  3. (US, colloquial) A light rail, tramway, trolleybus or streetcar system.
  4. A truck from which the load is suspended in some kinds of cranes.
    Synonyms: crane trolley, traveling trolley
  5. A truck which travels along the fixed conductors in an electric railway, and forms a means of connection between them and a railway car.
  6. (Australia, New Zealand, British, Ireland) A cart or shopping cart; a shopping trolley.
    • 2013 March 15, “The Shopping Trolley” (track 10), in Horsing Around[1], performed by Richie Kavanagh:
      About a shopping trolley, I thought I'd let ye know. Ya'd try to push it straight but it never seems ta go. Ya'd wobble through the car park, hopping off the cars. Anyone would think ya had a few auld jars.
  7. Clipping of flatbed trolley.
  8. (British) A hand truck.
  9. (British) A soapbox car.
  10. (British) A gurney, a stretcher with wheeled legs.
  11. (Philippines) A handcar.


Derived terms[edit]


  • Catalan: tròlei
  • French: trolley
  • German: Trolley
  • Welsh: troli



trolley (third-person singular simple present trolleys, present participle trolleying, simple past and past participle trolleyed or trollied)

  1. To bring to by trolley.
  2. To use a trolley vehicle to go from one place to another.
  3. To travel by trolley (streetcar, trolleybus or light train).



Borrowed from English trolley.



trolley m (plural trolleys)

  1. (anglicism) trolley pole
  2. (anglicism) trolleybus


Further reading[edit]



Unadapted borrowing from English trolley.



trolley m (plural trolleys or trolley)

  1. (anglicism) Alternative spelling of trole

Usage notes[edit]

According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.