troll

1
[ trohl ]
/ troʊl /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Origin of troll

1
1350–1400; Middle English trollen to roll, stroll < Middle French troller to run here and there < Middle High German trollen walk or run with short steps

OTHER WORDS FROM troll

troll·er, nounun·trolled, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH troll

trawl troll

Definition for troll (2 of 2)

troll2
[ trohl ]
/ troʊl /

noun

(in Scandinavian folklore) any of a race of supernatural beings, sometimes conceived as giants and sometimes as dwarfs, inhabiting caves or subterranean dwellings.
Slang. a person who lives or sleeps in a park or under a viaduct or bridge, as a derelict or poor person.

Origin of troll

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First recorded in 1610–20, troll is from the Old Norse word troll demon
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British Dictionary definitions for troll (1 of 2)

troll1
/ (trəʊl) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of troll

troller, noun

Word Origin for troll

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

British Dictionary definitions for troll (2 of 2)

troll2
/ (trəʊl) /

noun

(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 for troll

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