(noun, verb)


1. a narrow depression (as in the earth or between ocean waves or in the ocean bed)

Definition categories: object, depression

2. a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater

Similar word(s): gutter

Definition categories: man–made, channel

3. a concave shape with an open top

Similar word(s): bowl

Definition categories: shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature

4. a treasury for government funds

Similar word(s): till

Definition categories: possession, exchequer, treasury

5. a long narrow shallow receptacle

Definition categories: man–made, receptacle

6. a container (usually in a barn or stable) from which cattle or horses feed

Similar word(s): manger

Definition categories: man–made, container

Sentences with trough as a noun:

- One of Hank's chores was to slop the pigs' trough each morning and evening.

- Ernest threw his paint brushes into a kind of trough he had fashioned from sheet metal that he kept in the sink.

- There was a small trough that the sump pump emptied into; it was filled with mosquito larvae.

- The troughs were filled with leaves and needed clearing.

- 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.


1. To eat in a vulgar style, as if eating from a trough

- he troughed his way through 3 meat pies.