From Middle English trogh, from Old English troh, trog (“a trough, tub, basin, vessel for containing liquids or other materials”), from Proto-West Germanic *trog, from Proto-Germanic *trugą, *trugaz, from Proto-Indo-European *drukós, enlargement of *dóru (“tree”).
See also West Frisian trôch, Dutch trog, German Trog, Danish trug, Swedish tråg; also Middle Irish drochta (“wooden basin”), Old Armenian տարգալ (targal, “ladle, spoon”). More at tree.
trough (plural troughs)
- A long, narrow container, open on top, for feeding or watering animals.
- One of Hank's chores was to slop the pigs' trough each morning and evening.
- Any similarly shaped container.
1961 November, “Talking of Trains: The North Eastern's new rail-mounted piling unit”, in Trains Illustrated, page 646:
Now, covered concrete troughs to house the cables are laid parallel with the railway lines, cheapening maintenance because of improved accessibility for inspection and repair.
- 1976, Frederick Bentham, The art of stage lighting (page 233)
- It just clips on the front of the stage without any special trough, has no great power and occupies only one dimmer, […]
- (Australia, New Zealand) A rectangular container used for washing or rinsing clothes.
- Ernest threw his paint brushes into a kind of trough he had fashioned from sheet metal that he kept in the sink.
- A short, narrow canal designed to hold water until it drains or evaporates.
- There was a small trough that the sump pump emptied into; it was filled with mosquito larvae.
- (Canada) A gutter under the eaves of a building; an eaves trough.
- The troughs were filled with leaves and needed clearing.
- (agriculture, Australia, New Zealand) A channel for conveying water or other farm liquids (such as milk) from place to place by gravity; any ‘U’ or ‘V’ cross-sectioned irrigation channel.
- A long, narrow depression between waves or ridges; the low portion of a wave cycle.
- The buoy bobbed between the crests and troughs of the waves moving across the bay.
- The neurologist pointed to a troubling trough in the pattern of his brain-waves.
- (economy) low turning point or a local minimum of a business cycle
- (meteorology) A linear atmospheric depression associated with a weather front.
- manger (container for feeding animals)
a long, narrow, open container for feeding animals
- Arabic: فِنْطَاس m (finṭās)
- Armenian: տաշտ (hy) (tašt), կերակրատաշտ (kerakratašt), գուռ (hy) (guṙ) (dialectal)
- Basque: ganbela
- Belarusian: кары́та n (karýta)
- Bulgarian: корито (bg) n (korito)
- Catalan: cóm (ca), obi m
- Chickasaw: piini'
- Mandarin: 槽 (zh) (cáo), 料槽 (liàocáo), 飼槽 (zh), 饲槽 (zh) (sìcáo)
- Chuvash: такана (tak̬ana)
- Crimean Tatar: oluq
- Czech: koryto n, žlab (cs) m
- Danish: trug
- Dutch: trog (nl) m
- Esperanto: trogo
- Finnish: kaukalo (fi)
- French: auge (fr) f (for food), abreuvoir (fr) m (for drinking)
- Galician: barcal m, manxadoiro m, pexegueira f, presel m, cambeleira (gl) f (for food), bebedoiro (gl) m, augadoiro (gl) m (for drinking), pía (gl) f, baño (gl) m
- German: Trog (de), Futtertrog (de) m, Mulde (de) f (regional)
- Alemannic German: Barme m
- Ancient: φάτνη f (phátnē)
- Hebrew: שוקת (he) f (shòket)
- Hungarian: vályú (hu)
- Irish: trach m
- Italian: trogolo (it), abbeveratoio (it) m
- Japanese: かいばおけ (kaibaoke)
- Korean: 구유 (guyu)
- Latvian: sile (lv) f
- Maori: waka (mi), hake
- Mongolian: тэвш (mn) (tevš)
- Norwegian: trau
- Old English: trog m
- Oromo: bidiruu
- Persian: آبشخور (fa) (ābešxōr)
- Polish: koryto (pl) n, żłób (pl) m
- Portuguese: cocheira (pt) f, comedouro m, cocho (pt) m
- Romanian: troacă (ro) f
- Russian: коры́то (ru) n (korýto), лоха́нь (ru) f (loxánʹ), корму́шка (ru) f (kormúška) (feeding trough)
- Scottish Gaelic: amar m
- Serbo-Croatian: korito (sh) n, корито n
- Slovak: koryto (sk) n, žľab m, hrant m
- Slovene: korito (sl) n
- Lower Sorbian: kóryto n
- Upper Sorbian: korto n
- Spanish: comedero m (for food), abrevadero (es) m (for drinking)
- Swedish: tråg (sv) n, ho (sv) c, (for feeding) matho c, (for watering) vattenho c
- Turkish: yalak (tr)
- Ukrainian: кори́то (uk) n (korýto)
- Vietnamese: máng (vi), máng ăn
a long, narrow container open at the top
short, narrow drainage canal
a gutter under the eaves of a building
a long, narrow depression between waves or ridges
a linear atmospheric depression associated with a weather front
Translations to be checked
trough (third-person singular simple present troughs, present participle troughing, simple past and past participle troughed)
- To eat in a vulgar style, as if from a trough.
- He troughed his way through three meat pies.
- Oxford English Dictionary Online