From Middle English tryse, tryys, probably of North Germanic origin; compare Swedish trissa (“a pulley, truckle”), Norwegian triss (“a pulley”), Danish tridse (“pulley”), Low German trissel (“whirling, dizziness”). Perhaps ultimately related to Old English tryndel (“wheel, roller”). More at trindle, trend.
- A roller; windlass.
From Middle English tryse, in the phrase at a tryse (“with a single, quick motion”, literally “with a pull, jerk”), later also in the phrases at a trice, with a trice, on a trice, in a trice; ultimately from the verb. See below.
- A very short time; an instant; a moment; – now used only in the phrase in a trice.
From Middle English trisen, trycen, from Middle Dutch trisen (“to hoist”) or Middle Low German trissen (“to trice the spritsail”). Related to Dutch trijsen, Low German trissen, tryssen, drisen, drysen (“to wind up, trice”), German trissen, Danish tridse (“to haul with a pulley”).
trice was also found in the following language(s): Scottish Gaelic