noun (1)
\ˈtrōl \

Definition of troll 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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


trolled; trolling; trolls

Definition of troll (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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

2a : 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 troll entry 3 sense 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

4a : 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

1a : 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


noun (2)

Definition of troll (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from troll


troller \ˈtrō-lər \ noun
trolling \ˈtrō-liŋ \ noun

Examples of troll in a Sentence


They were trolling the ocean floor. She loves to troll flea markets looking for bargains.

First Known Use of troll

Noun (1)

1616, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Noun (2)

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for troll

Noun (1)

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


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

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English Language Learners Definition of troll

: 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)


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Kids Definition of troll

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


trolled; trolling

Kids Definition of troll (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to sing the parts of (a song) in succession

2 : to fish with a hook and line pulled along through the water



Kids Definition of troll (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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