- a wheeled carriage, basket, etc. that runs suspended from an overhead track
- an apparatus, as a grooved wheel at the end of a pole, for transmitting electric current from an overhead wire to the motor of a streetcar, etc.
- trolley car
- Chiefly Brit. any of various wheeled vehicles or carts, esp. a cart pushed by hand
Origin of trolleyfrom East Anglian dialect, dialectal from troll
intransitive verb-·leyed, -·ley·ing
off one's trolley
nounpl. trol·leys, also trol·lies
- A streetcar.
- A device that collects electric current from an underground conductor, an overhead wire, or a third rail and transmits it to the motor of an electric vehicle.
- A small truck or car operating on a track and used in a mine, quarry, or factory for conveying materials.
- A wheeled carriage, cage, or basket that is suspended from and travels on an overhead track.
- Chiefly British A light cart designed to be moved by hand.
tr. & intr.v.trol·leyed, trol·ley·ing, trol·leys, also trol·lied trol·ly·ing trol·lies
Origin of trolleyProbably from troll 1
(plural trollies or trolleys)
- (New Zealand, UK) A cart or shopping cart.
- (UK) A hand truck.
- (UK) A soapbox car.
- (UK) A gurney.
- A single-pole device for collecting electrical current from an overhead electical line usually for a streetcar.
- (US) A streetcar or a system of streetcars.
- (US, colloquial) A light rail system or a train on such a system.
- A truck from which the load is suspended in some kinds of cranes.
- A truck which travels along the fixed conductors in an electric railway, and forms a means of connection between them and a railway car.
(third-person singular simple present trolleys, present participle trolleying, simple past and past participle trolleyed or trollied)
- To bring to by trolley.
- To use a trolley vehicle to go from one place to another.