From Middle English trough, trowgh, trow, trouȝ, trogh, from Old English troh, trog (“a trough, tub, basin, vessel for containing liquids or other materials”), from Proto-Germanic *trugą, *trugaz (compare West Frisian trôch, Dutch trog, German Trog, Swedish tråg), from Proto-Indo-European *dru-kó (compare Middle Irish drochta (“wooden basin”), Old Armenian տարգալ (targal, “ladle, spoon”), enlargement of *dóru (“tree”)). More at tree.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /tɹɒf/
- (US) enPR: trôf, IPA(key): /tɹɔf/
- (US, cot–caught merger, Canada) enPR: trŏf, IPA(key): /tɹɑf/
- (US dialectal) enPR: trôth, IPA(key): /tɹɔθ/; (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /tɹɑθ/
- Rhymes: -ɒf
trough (plural troughs)
- A long, narrow container, open on top, for feeding or watering animals.
- One of Hank's chores was to slop the pigs' trough each morning and evening.
- Any similarly shaped container.
- A short, narrow canal designed to hold water until it drains or evaporates.
- There was a small trough that the sump pump emptied into; it was filled with mosquito larvae.
- (Canada) A gutter under the eaves of a building; an eaves trough.
- The troughs were filled with leaves and needed clearing.
- (agriculture, Australia, New Zealand) A channel for conveying water or other farm liquids (such as milk) from place to place by gravity; any ‘U’ or ‘V’ cross-sectioned irrigation channel.
- A long, narrow depression between waves or ridges; the low portion of a wave cycle.
- The buoy bobbed between the crests and troughs of the waves moving across the bay.
- The neurologist pointed to a troubling trough in the pattern of his brain-waves.
- (meteorology) A linear atmospheric depression associated with a weather front.
- manger (container for feeding animals)
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- To eat in a vulgar style, as if from a trough.
- he troughed his way through three meat pies.
- Oxford English Dictionary Online