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Origin uncertain; apparently connected with the Middle English trollen (to go about, stroll, roll from side to side).



trollop (plural trollops)

  1. A woman of a vulgar and discourteous disposition.
  2. (derogatory) A strumpet; a whore.
    • 1936, Anthony Bertram, Like the Phoenix:
      However, terrible as it may seem to the tall maiden sisters of J.P.'s in Queen Anne houses with walled vegetable gardens, this courtesan, strumpet, harlot, whore, punk, fille de joie, street-walker, this trollop, this trull, this baggage, this hussy, this drab, skit, rig, quean, mopsy, demirep, demimondaine, this wanton, this fornicatress, this doxy, this concubine, this frail sister, this poor Queenie--did actually solicit me, did actually say 'coming home to-night, dearie' and my soul was not blasted enough to call a policeman.

Usage notes[edit]

This term connotes a debasement of class or social standing.


See also Thesaurus:promiscuous woman



trollop (third-person singular simple present trollops, present participle trolloping, simple past and past participle trolloped)

  1. to act in a sluggish or slovenly manner
  2. (Scotland) to dangle soggily: become bedraggled
  3. to behave like a trollop
  4. Of a horse: to move with a gait between a trot and a gallop; to canter.