Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman prostitute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female prostitute or harlot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A drab; a strumpet; a harlot; a trollop.
  • n. A girl; a wench; a lass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To trundle.
  • n. A low vagrant strumpet; a drab; a trollop.
  • n. A girl; a lass; a wench.

Etymologies

Perhaps from German Trulle, from Middle High German trulle; akin to Old Norse troll, creature, troll.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Trulle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nay, even the tipsy crew at Bacchus's affected to treat her name with scorn: -- "The girl had made much noise about being called a trull, as if many a better than she wasn't one; and, after all, what was the prudish wench?

    The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper

  • Perhaps for once he'd wisely spent his coin on an honest trull.

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  • He tells his naively unbelieving sister which her father "gives his potent regiment to a trull."

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  • Somebody born in the late 1890's might have viewed this couple as a trull and a roué, and been convinced they would burn in Hell for fornication.

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  • I adored her just then, the trull, and I felt a kinship with her too, for she came from the Kingswood where I was raised.

    Wildfire

  • “Look here, sir,” says she, “at the conduck of your precious trull of a daughter — alone with this man, kissin and dandlin, and Lawd knows what besides.”

    The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush

  • "And so, of course, when the Tofts trull was later brought to bed of not one, not two, but a whole warren of infant rabbits, that was all the scientific proof any man seemed to need."

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • ‘Yes,’ shouted the captain, ‘his wife — a trull — a common — —’

    The Purcell Papers

  • In fact, he was probably toasting his good fortune by bedding some pert-breasted, doe-eyed trull, who would offer him no trouble, no lectures, nothing but pleasure.

    The Pleasure Seekers

  • And if I were so disposed, where would I find aught but a toothless village trull?

    Tempted by Your Touch

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  • "'Mrs. Chisholm! Mrs. Bug!' I pleaded, but neither paid the least attention.

    'Kittock! Mislearnit pilsh!' bellowed Mrs. Chisholm, jabbing madly with her broom....

    'Ha! Ye pert trull!'"
    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 330

    January 20, 2010

  • A woman prostitute.
    Perhaps from German Trulle, from Middle High German trulle; akin to Old Norse troll, creature, troll.

    August 1, 2009