verb (used with object)
- to post inflammatory or inappropriate messages or comments on (the Internet, especially a message board) for the purpose of upsetting other users and provoking a response.
- to upset or provoke (other users) by posting such messages or comments.
verb (used without object)
Origin of troll1
Origin of troll2
Related Words for trollogre, giant, hobgoblin, gnome, demon, leprechaun, goblin, dwarf, monster, kobold
Examples from the Web for troll
Contemporary Examples of troll
Oh, and the first press image they released was a pair of black dudes in tracksuits as a troll of sorts to NME.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
December 31, 2014
The problem, as Weaver and Clark explained, is that this group drools at the opportunity to troll something like ReaganBook.ReaganBook Is the Latest Conservative #Fail
July 31, 2014
For many supporters of GOProud, being called a “troll” was a badge of honor.Inside the Implosion of GOProud, the Right’s Most Notorious Pro-Gay Group
June 6, 2014
My wife used to work at the U.S. Department of Commerce – what if Aaron Alexis had decided to troll the hallways there?Gun Crazy: No More 'Thoughts and Prayers'
September 29, 2013
In the first episode of his IFC show, Maron encounters an Internet troll who is critical of his podcast.Meet Marc Maron: the Comedic Podcast Giant on His New IFC Show & More
May 3, 2013
Historical Examples of troll
Here is Arnold of Sowley will troll as good a stave as any man in the Company.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"Can and will, my girl," said the troll, picking up a bone to throw at her.
If indeed there was a troll here, and not some harmless fisherman.
One breath of fear, one moment's doubt, and the troll is free to rend ye.
The troll came back from a tunnel after he finished, and said curtly: "This way."
- to draw (a baited line, etc) through the water, often from a boat
- to fish (a stretch of water) by trolling
- to fish (for) by trolling
Word Origin for troll
Word Origin for troll
late 14c., "to go about, stroll," later (early 15c.) "roll from side to side, trundle," from Old French troller, a hunting term, "wander, to go in quest of game without purpose," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German trollen "to walk with short steps"), from Proto-Germanic *truzlanan.
Sense of "sing in a full, rolling voice" (first attested 1570s) and that of "fish with a moving line" (c.1600) are both extended technical applications of the general sense of "roll, trundle," the latter perhaps confused with trail or trawl. Figurative sense of "to draw on as with a moving bait, entice, allure" is from 1560s. Meaning "to cruise in search of sexual encounters" is recorded from 1967, originally in homosexual slang.
"ugly dwarf or giant," 1610s, from Old Norse troll "giant, fiend, demon." Some speculate that it originally meant "creature that walks clumsily," and derives from Proto-Germanic *truzlan, from *truzlanan (see troll (v.)). But it seems to have been a general supernatural word, cf. Swedish trolla "to charm, bewitch;" Old Norse trolldomr "witchcraft."
The old sagas tell of the troll-bull, a supernatural being in the form of a bull, as well as boar-trolls. There were troll-maidens, troll-wives, and troll-women; the trollman, a magician or wizard, and the troll-drum, used in Lappish magic rites. The word was popularized in English by 19c. antiquarians, but it has been current in the Shetlands and Orkneys since Viking times. The first record of it is from a court document from the Shetlands, regarding a certain Catherine, who, among other things, was accused of "airt and pairt of witchcraft and sorcerie, in hanting and seeing the Trollis ryse out of the kyrk yeard of Hildiswick."
Originally conceived as a race of giants, they have suffered the same fate as the Celtic Danann and are now regarded in Denmark and Sweden as dwarfs and imps supposed to live in caves or under the ground.