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troll

noun \ ˈtrōl \

Definition of troll

:a dwarf or giant in Scandinavian folklore inhabiting caves or hills

Origin and Etymology of troll

Norwegian troll & Danish trold, from Old Norse troll giant, demon; probably akin to Middle High German trolle lout


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troll

verb

Definition of troll

transitive verb
1 a :to fish for by trolling
b :to fish by trolling in
  • troll lakes
c :to pull through the water in trolling
  • troll a lure
d :to search in or at
  • trolls flea markets for bargains
; also :prowl
  • troll nightclubs
2 a :to antagonize (others) online by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content
  • … trolls engage in the most outrageous and offensive behaviors possible—all the better to troll you with.
  • —Whitney Phillips
b :to act as a troll (see 3troll 2) on (a forum, site, etc.)
  • … is also notorious, for trolling message boards on the Internet, posting offensive material he himself has written and then suing anyone who responds in agreement.
  • —Mark Hemingway
c :to harass, criticize, or antagonize (someone) especially by provocatively disparaging or mocking public statements, postings, or acts
  • The switch came after the Chargers became the butt of jokes, memes and derision on social media. The NFL tweeted the initial logo Thursday, but later deleted it as the Chargers even got trolled by other pro and college sports teams over the logo that looked like a cross between baseball's Dodgers and hockey's Lightning.
  • —Arnie Stapleton
  • But [Niki] Caro told The Los Angeles Times this week that there might be music after all. Caro said she got trolled by fans because of the rumor of a lack of music.
  • —Herb Scribner
  • The club has been trolled in a brutal (and somewhat brilliant) manner—by having a giant poster of Tevez scoring his last-day winner plastered outside their Bramall Lane ground.
  • —Will Magee
3 :to cause to move round and round :roll
4 a :to sing the parts of (something, such as a round or catch) in succession
b :to sing loudly
c :to celebrate in song
intransitive verb
1 a :to fish by trailing a lure or baited hook from a moving boat
b :search, look
  • trolling for sponsors
; also :prowl
2 :to move around :ramble
3 :to sing or play in a jovial manner
4 :to speak rapidly

troller

noun

trolling

noun

Examples of troll in a Sentence

  1. They were trolling the ocean floor.

  2. She loves to troll flea markets looking for bargains.

Origin and Etymology of troll

Middle English, probably from Anglo-French *troiller, *troller; akin to Anglo-French troil, trolle winch

troll Synonyms

Synonyms
comb, dig (through), dredge, hunt (through), rake, ransack, rifle, rummage, scour, sort (through), search
Related Words
frisk, pat down, shake down; audit, check (out), examine, inspect, investigate, review, scan, scrutinize, survey; ascertain, descry, detect, determine, discover, ferret (out), find, find out, get, hit (on or upon), learn, locate, run down, scare up, track (down); grub (about), poke (around); explore, probe, prospect, skirmish, snoop; browse, glance (over), look over; peruse, study
Near Antonyms
hide; abandon, lose; ignore, neglect

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms


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troll

noun

Definition of troll

1 :a lure or a line with its lure and hook used in trolling
2 :a person who intentionally antagonizes others online by posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content
  • Internet trolls
  • In the late 1980s, Internet users adopted the word "troll" to denote someone who intentionally disrupts online communities.
  • —Mattathias Schwartz

First Known Use of troll

1869

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms


TROLL Defined for English Language Learners

troll

verb

Definition of troll for English Language Learners

  • : to fish with a hook and line that you pull through the water

  • : to search for or try to get (something)

  • : to search through (something)


TROLL Defined for Kids

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troll

noun \ ˈtrōl \

Definition of troll for Students

:a dwarf or giant of folklore living in caves or hills

2

troll

verb

Definition of troll for Students

trolled; trolling
1 :to sing the parts of (a song) in succession
2 :to fish with a hook and line pulled along through the water

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troll

noun

Definition of troll for Students

:a lure or a line with its lure and hook drawn through the water in fishing


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