Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various freshwater or anadromous food and game fishes of the family Salmonidae, especially of the genera Salmo and Salvelinus, usually having a streamlined, speckled body with small scales.
  • n. Any of various similar but unrelated fishes, such as the troutperch.
  • n. Chiefly British An elderly woman regarded as being silly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several species of fish in Salmonidae, closely related to salmon, and distinguished by spawning more than once.
  • n. An elderly woman of dubious sensibilities.
  • v. To (figuratively) slap someone with a slimy, stinky, wet trout; to admonish jocularly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of fishes belonging to Salmo, Salvelinus, and allied genera of the family Salmonidæ. They are highly esteemed as game fishes and for the quality of their flesh. All the species breed in fresh water, but after spawning many of them descend to the sea if they have an opportunity.
  • n. Any one of several species of marine fishes more or less resembling a trout in appearance or habits, but not belonging to the same family, especially the California rock trouts, the common squeteague, and the southern, or spotted, squeteague; -- called also salt-water trout, sea trout, shad trout, and gray trout. See Squeteague, and Rock trout under Rock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish of the family Salmonidæ, Salmo trutta, with blackish spots, common in the colder fresh waters of Europe, and highly esteemed as a food-fish and game-fish; any species of the same section of Salmo (see Salmo ); a river-salmon, salmon-trout, or lake-trout.
  • n. A fish of the family Salmonidæ and genus Salvelinus (with its section Cristivomer), resembling those called in Europe char. See Salvelinus, and cuts under char and lake-trout, 2.
  • n. Any fish of the family Galaxiidæ (which see).
  • n. With a qualifying word, one of several fishes, not of the family Salmonidæ, resembling or suggesting a trout. See phrases below.
  • n. One of several different trouts (not chars) of the western parts of North America, of the genus Salmo. See def. 1 .
  • n. A weakfish or sea-trout, Cynoscion thalassinus.
  • n. Salmo ferox of England.
  • n. The black-bass, Micropterus salmoides.
  • n. The Dolly Varden trout.
  • n. The black-spotted trout, or mountain-trout of western North America.
  • n. The Lake Tahoe trout.
  • n. with black (see def. 1 )
  • n. with red—a speckled trout (see def. 2).
  • n. The weakfish or sea-trout Cynoscion maculatus.
  • n. The bastard trout.
  • To fish for or catch trout.
  • Same as troat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. flesh of any of several primarily freshwater game and food fishes
  • n. any of various game and food fishes of cool fresh waters mostly smaller than typical salmons

Etymologies

Middle English troute, from Old English trūht, from Late Latin trūcta, perhaps from Greek trōktēs, a kind of sea fish with sharp teeth, from trōgein, to gnaw.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English truht, in part from Old French truite, from Late Latin tructa, perhaps from Ancient Greek τρώκτης (trōktēs, "nibbler"), from τρώγω (trōgō, "I gnaw"), from Proto-Indo-European *tere- (“to rub, to turn”). The Internet verb sense originated on BBSes of the 1980s, probably from Monty Python's The Fish-Slapping Dance (1972), though that sketch involved a halibut. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Good joke fbharjo, even if none of us got it.

    September 30, 2007

  • Well! Now I know. :)

    September 30, 2007

  • Colleen, look up the etymology of trout

    September 30, 2007

  • But fbharjo, they haven't any teeth...

    September 29, 2007

  • "trout" just gnaws on me

    September 29, 2007

  • /me isn't sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing...

    September 29, 2007

  • ahhhh. that's better. some true geekstas like me.

    September 29, 2007

  • IRC! I'd forgotten all about it!

    September 28, 2007

  • Old IRC command. I used to /trout people all the time, back when I was into IRC. Which hasn't been for many years.

    September 28, 2007

  • John, you're the closest with the container cultural reference. The / is the operative character here.

    /slap

    September 28, 2007

  • Rats! Missed the contest. :-)

    September 28, 2007

  • Oh, excellent, I'd forgotten about Kilgore.

    There's also "Trout Mask Replica," the Captain Beefheart album, which sometimes feels like a slap.

    September 28, 2007

  • Personally, I always think of Kilgore...

    September 28, 2007

  • Monty Python reference?

    September 28, 2007

  • I'm curious who among this crowd will get the connection this word has to...

    /slap

    September 28, 2007