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  • IPA(key): /tɹʌl/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌl

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English trollen (travel about), from Old French troller, treiller (to hunt).


trull (plural trulls)

  1. A female prostitute or harlot.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:prostitute
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar [], OCLC 928184292:
      ‘Hark'ee, child,’ says she, ‘is not that very young gentleman now in bed with some nasty trull or other?’
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, “Dray Wara Yow Dee”, in In Black and White (A. H. Wheeler & Co.’s Indian Railway Library; no. 3), 5th edition, Allahabad: Messrs. A. H. Wheeler & Co.; London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Ld., [], published 1890, OCLC 849518497:
      South of Delhi, Sahib, you know the saying—‘Rats are the men and trulls the women.’
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      There was bad blood between them at first, says Mr Vincent, and the lord Harry called farmer Nicholas all the old Nicks in the world and an old whoremaster that kept seven trulls in his house and I’ll meddle in his matters, says he.
    • 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.
    • 2002, Peter Tonkin, One Head Too Many:
      A trull for certain, then; but a trull reformed, long since come up in the world.

Etymology 2[edit]

From French tous les trois (all three).


trull (plural trulls)

  1. (card games) A set of three special trump cards used in some Tarock games, having a higher value than the other trumps.

Further reading[edit]



From Vulgar Latin *troclu, from metathesis of *torclum, syncopated form of Latin torculum.



trull m (plural trulls)

  1. An oil or wine press.
    Synonym: almàssera

Derived terms[edit]


  • Spanish: trullo