noun (plural trout; also trouts) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English trūht, from Late Latin trocta, tructa, a fish with sharp teeth, from Greek trōktēs, literally, gnawer, from trōgein to gnaw — more at troglodyte Date: before 12th century 1. any of various salmonid food and sport fishes that are mostly smaller than the typical salmons and are anadromous or restricted to cool clear freshwater: a. any of various Old or New World fishes (genera Salmo and Oncorhynchus) — compare brown trout, rainbow trout b. char I 2. any of various fishes (as the largemouth bass) held to resemble the true trouts

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  • Trout — (trout), n. [AS. truht, L. tructa, tructus; akin to Gr. trw kths a sea fish with sharp teeth, fr. trw gein to gnaw.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of fishes belonging to {Salmo}, {Salvelinus}, and allied genera of the family… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trout — [trout] n. pl. trout or trouts [ME troute < OE truht < LL tructus, tructa < Gr trōktēs, kind of fish < trōgein, to gnaw: see TROGLODYTE] 1. any salmonid; esp., any of various food and game fishes that are usually speckled and found… …   English World dictionary

  • Trout — ist der Familienname von: Jack Trout, US amerikanischer Unternehmer und Eigentümer des strategischen Marketingbüros Trout Partners Walter Trout (* 1951), US amerikanischer Komponist, Gitarrist und Sänger Siehe auch: Trout (Louisiana), Ort in den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • trout — trout·er; trout·less; trout·let; trout; trout·ling; …   English syllables

  • trout — [traut] n ↑fin, ↑gill [Date: 1000 1100; : Late Latin; Origin: tructa type of fish with sharp teeth, from Greek, from trogein to bite ] 1.) plural trout [U and C] a common river fish, often used for food, or the flesh of this fish 2.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • trout — O.E. truht trout, in part from O.Fr. truite, both from L.L. tructa, perhaps from Gk. troktes a kind of sea fish, lit. nibbler, from trogein to gnaw, from PIE root *tere (see THROW (Cf. throw)). In late 17c. slang, trusty trout was used in a sense …   Etymology dictionary

  • trout — ► NOUN (pl. same or trouts) ▪ an edible fish of the salmon family, chiefly inhabiting fresh water. ● old trout Cf. ↑old trout ORIGIN Old English, from Greek tr gein gnaw …   English terms dictionary

  • trout — [ traut ] (plural trout) noun count a fish that lives in rivers and lakes a. uncount this fish eaten as food …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • trout — is the same in the plural, except that old trout (a depreciatory slang term for an old woman) has the plural form old trouts …   Modern English usage

  • Trout — For other uses, see Trout (disambiguation). Rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss …   Wikipedia

  • trout — troutless, adj. troutlike, adj. /trowt/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) trout, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) trouts. 1. any of several game fishes of the genus Salmo, related to the salmon. Cf. brown trout, cutthroat trout …   Universalium

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