Definition of trout in English:

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Pronunciation: /trout/

noun (plural same or trouts)

A chiefly freshwater fish of the salmon family, found in both Eurasia and North America and highly valued as food and game.
  • Genera Salmo (several species of true trouts, including the European brown trout and the rainbow trout), and Salvelinus (several North American species), family Salmonidae. See also lake trout, sea trout.
Example sentences
  • In the absence of brook trout, up to one of two nonnative trouts (wild brown or rainbow) would be substituted as an intolerant species.
  • Oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel and sardine would be a better catch for Chris.
  • With the end of the trout and salmon season in sight, its time to get going on the pike.


old trout

informal An annoying or bad-tempered old person, especially a woman.
Example sentences
  • He might be an annoying twat and she a bit of an old trout but they can pick their books.
  • The sphinx who had tormented the shy, lovesick painter in his youth sits enthroned in a flashy drawing-room, a self-satisfied, puffy-looking old trout, holding her horrid little dog in her arms.
  • If Mau was hoping that she would reply, ‘No, I'm a hardened old trout who's in it for the money ’, she was doomed to disappointment.


Late Old English truht, from late Latin tructa, based on Greek trōgein 'gnaw'.

  • Late Old English truht is from late Latin tructa, based on Greek trōgein ‘gnaw’. Use of the derogatory old trout for an elderly woman is found from the late 19th century.

Words that rhyme with trout

about, bout, clout, devout, doubt, down-and-out, drought, flout, gout, grout, knout, lout, mahout, misdoubt, nowt, out, out-and-out, owt, pout, Prout, right about, rout, scout, shout, snout, spout, sprout, stout, thereabout, thereout, throughout, timeout, tout, way-out, without

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Syllabification: trout

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