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troll

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verb \ˈtrōl\

Definition of troll

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to move round and round :  roll

  3. 2a :  to sing the parts of (something, such as a round or catch) in successionb :  to sing loudlyc :  to celebrate in song

  4. 3a :  to fish for by trollingb :  to fish by trolling in troll lakesc :  to pull through the water in trolling troll a lured :  to search in or at trolls flea markets for bargains; also :  prowl troll nightclubs

  5. 4a :  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 Phillipsb :  to act as a troll (see 2troll 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

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to move around :  ramble

  8. 2a :  to fish by trailing a lure or baited hook from a moving boatb :  search, look trolling for sponsors; also :  prowl

  9. 3 :  to sing or play in a jovial manner

  10. 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


First Known Use: 15th century


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troll

noun

Definition of troll

  1. 1 :  a lure or a line with its lure and hook used in trolling

  2. 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

1869

First Known Use of troll

1869

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms


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troll

noun

Definition of troll

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1616

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms


TROLL Defined for English Language Learners

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troll

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verb \ˈtrōl\

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

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noun \ˈtrōl\

Definition of troll for Students

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


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troll

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verb

Definition of troll for Students

trolled

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trolling

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

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


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troll

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noun

Definition of troll for Students

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



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