Meaning and Origin
What does the name Trice mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
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User Submitted Meanings
- A user from Arkansas, U.S. says the name Trice is of English origin and means "Three".
- To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away.(Obs)" Out of his seat I will him trice." [Chaucer.]
- [Naut] To haul and tie up by means of a rope.
Etymology: OE. trisen; of Scand. or Low German origin; cf. Sw. trissa a sheave, pulley, triss a spritsail brace, Dan. tridse a pulley, tridse to haul by means of a pulley, to trice, LG. trisse a pulley, D. trijsen to hoist
Etymology: Sp. tris the noise made by the breaking of glass, an instant, en un tris in an instant; probably of imitative origin
- A very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)
- Hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
- Raise with a line ("trice a window shade")
From Middle English trīcen, trice, trise (“to pull or push; to snatch away; to steal”), from Middle Dutch trīsen (“to hoist”) (modern Dutch trijsen) or Middle Low German trissen (“to trice the spritsail”); further etymology uncertain. The word is cognate with Danish trisse, tridse (“to haul with a pulley”), Low German trissen, tryssen, drisen, drysen (“to wind up, trice”), German trissen, triezen (“to annoy or torment”).
From Middle English trīce, trise, in the phrase at a trīce (“with a single, quick motion; at once”, literally “with a pull or jerk”), later also in the phrases in a trice, on a trice, and with a trice. The word is ultimately from Middle English trīcen: see etymology 1 above.
- Now only in the phrase : a very short time; an instant, a moment.
From Middle English trīce, tryys, tryyst, from Middle Dutch trīse, trijs (modern Dutch trijs (“hoisting-block, pulley, windlass”)) or Middle Low German trīsse, trītse (“hoisting-rope, tackle”); probably related to the verb trice (see etymology 1 above), and perhaps to Old English tryndel (“roller, wheel”) (see further at trend, trindle). The English word is cognate with Danish tridse, trisse (“pulley”), Low German trissel (“dizziness; whirling”), German trieze (“crane; pulley”), Norwegian triss (“pulley”), Swedish trissa (“pulley, truckle”).
- (obsolete, rare) A pulley, a windlass (“form of winch for lifting heavy weights, comprising a cable or rope wound around a cylinder”).
trice was also found in the following language(s): Scottish Gaelic