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Definitions of troll

troll1 (trəʊl



  1. (angling)
    1. to draw (a baited line, etc) through the water, often from a boat
    2. to fish (a stretch of water) by trolling
    3. to fish (for) by trolling
  2. to roll or cause to roll
  3. (archaic) to sing (a refrain, chorus, etc) or (of a refrain, etc) to be sung in a loud hearty voice
  4. (intransitive) (British, informal) to walk or stroll
  5. (intransitive) (homosexual slang) to stroll around looking for sexual partners; cruise
  6. (intransitive) (computing, slang) to post deliberately inflammatory articles on an internet discussion board



  1. the act or an instance of trolling
  2. (angling) a bait or lure used in trolling, such as a spinner
  3. (computing, slang) a person who submits deliberately inflammatory articles to an internet discussion

Derived Forms

ˈtroller  noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French troller to run about; related to Middle High German trollen to run with short steps

troll2 (trəʊl



  1. (in Scandinavian folklore) one of a class of supernatural creatures that dwell in caves or mountains and are depicted either as dwarfs or as giants

Word Origin

C19: from Old Norse: demon; related to Danish trold

Example Sentences Including 'troll'

`About time," he mumbled to himself dazedly, catching sight of a troll form looming over the walker's shoulder.
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels
Tammy glanced round to see a young man, almost as well dressed as the troll , composing his face.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
The bed was single and on it were cuddly toys -- two dolls, a wild-haired troll and four plastic ponies with lurid tails.
Robert Wilson A DARKENING STAIN (2002)


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