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troll1 (trəʊl Pronunciation for troll1



  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 Pronunciation for troll2



  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'

I expect grey-faced people with angry signs waving little troll dolls at teenaged patients outside.
Globe and Mail (2003)
In every fjord it seemed that some troll or other had left his mark.
Richard Fortey THE EARTH: An Intimate History (2004)
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)
The process will be the same: The judges will troll audition cities to find talent for the competition in Toronto.
Toronto Sun (2003)
The troll who lives on the sofa bought it and got about halfway before giving up.
`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


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