drail [dreyl]Angling. ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a hook with a lead-covered shank used in trolling.
verb (used without object)
- to fish by trolling with a drail.
Origin of drail 1625–35; Americanism; special use of obsolete English, Middle English drail to drag along, apparently alteration ofunder influence of , , etc. Examples from the Web for drail Historical Examples of drail
And he was as good as his threat: I saw the drail skipping on the top of the wave as my line came in empty.
Samuel Adams Drake
British Dictionary definitions for drail drail noun
- a weighted hook used in trolling
- (intr) to fish with a drail
Word Origin for drail C16: apparently from trail, influenced by draw