A word used to describe a woman who is either slovenly or sexually loose. Modern women are perhaps less likely to be called trollops than were their sisters in the eighteenth century.
   Thomas Wolfe may have been right to illustrate contemporary usage as that of a concealed endearment, used by a speaker who is being consciously archaic.
   In The Web and the Rock occurs: ‘O you damned, delectable, little plum-skinned trollop! I will eat you like honey, you sweet little hussy!’ ‘How have you got the heart to call me names like that?’ says the woman concerned. ‘Because I love you so! That’s why! It’s love, pure love, nothing on earth but love!’ Like Any Other Man, by Patrick Boyle, has an Irishman saying to his lover: ‘Why don’t you mind your own bloody business, you meddling trollop?’

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  • Trollop — Trol lop, n. [From {Troll} to roll, to stroll; but cf. also {Trull}.] A stroller; a loiterer; esp., an idle, untidy woman; a slattern; a slut; a whore. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trollop — 1610s, slovenly woman, probably from TROLL (Cf. troll) (v.) in sense of roll about, wallow. [A] certain Anne Hayward, wife of Gregory Hayward of Beighton, did in the parishe church of Beighton aforesaid in the time of Divine Service or Sermon… …   Etymology dictionary

  • trollop — ► NOUN dated or humorous ▪ a sexually disreputable or promiscuous woman. ORIGIN perhaps related to archaic trull prostitute , from German Trulle …   English terms dictionary

  • trollop — [trä′ləp] n. [prob. < Ger trolle, wench: see TROLL2] 1. Now Rare a slovenly, dirty woman; slattern 2. a sexually promiscuous woman; specif., a prostitute …   English World dictionary

  • trollop —    a prostitute    Originally, an untidy or slatternly woman and to trollop was to work in a slovenly manner.    The euphemism dates from the 18th century:     That impudent trollop, who is with child by you. (Henry Fielding, 1742) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • trollop — UK [ˈtrɒləp] / US [ˈtrɑləp] noun [countable] Word forms trollop : singular trollop plural trollops old fashioned 1) offensive an insulting word for a woman whose sexual behaviour is considered to be immoral 2) an insulting word for a woman who is …   English dictionary

  • trollop — noun Etymology: perhaps irregular from trull Date: 1621 a vulgar or disreputable woman; especially one who engages in sex promiscuously or for money …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Trollop — A woman regarded as slovenly or untidy, or a women seen as a whore or prostitute [websters dictionary] …   Wikipedia

  • trollop — trollopy, adj. /trol euhp/, n. 1. an immoral or promiscuous woman, esp. a prostitute. 2. an untidy or slovenly woman; slattern. [1605 15; earlier trollops; perh. akin to TROLL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • trollop — 1. noun /ˈtɹɒl.əp/ a) A woman held by others as retaining a vulgar and discourteous disposition. b) A strumpet. 2. verb /ˈtɹɒl.əp/ a) …   Wiktionary

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