- to post inflammatory, inappropriate, controversial, or polarizing messages on (the internet) for the purpose of cultivating animosity, upsetting others, or provoking a response.
- to upset or provoke (others) by posting such messages.
- to make such provocative comments about (others) in public: The actress was trolled on late-night TV.
- to post inflammatory, inappropriate, controversial, or polarizing messages online for the purpose of cultivating animosity, upsetting others, or provoking a response.
- to make such provocative comments in public.
- a person who posts inflammatory, inappropriate, controversial, or polarizing messages online for the purpose of cultivating animosity, upsetting others, or provoking a response.
- a person who makes such provocative comments in public.
Origin of troll1
OTHER WORDS FROM trolltroller, nounun·trolled, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH trolltrawl, troll
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Other definitions for troll (2 of 2)
Origin of troll2
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What does troll mean?
A troll is someone who harasses other people online to try to get a negative reaction from them. To troll someone is to harass them.
The online troll is related to the trolls of legend and fiction, supernatural creatures that live in caves or other underground places. In such stories, trolls are monsters that are unfriendly to humans and sometimes kidnap them. The online sense of troll likens such people to monsters lurking and waiting for the chance to harass others.
As a verb, troll also means to fish along a moving line, such as a line that trails behind a moving boat. When you move the fishing line or bait on such a line, that too is to troll.
Example: I trolled my fishing line a little and ended up catching a big fish.
Where does troll come from?
The first records of the verb troll come from around 1350. It ultimately comes from the Middle High German trollen, meaning “to walk or run with short steps.” The first records of the noun troll come from around 1610. It comes from the Old Norse troll meaning “demon.”
In most discussions, most people will think of the monstrous creatures and people who act like them. Internet trolls are known to spread purposely false or inflammatory messages online to upset and mislead people. The best way to deal with online trolls is not to feed them. In other words, don’t respond to them, because that encourages them to continue behaving badly.
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How is troll used in real life?
Troll has several meanings, but you’ll most likely see the harassment meaning used online.
I wish all you bots and trolls a pleasant weekend. I will continue to include what I want on my Twitter feed.
— Adam Boulton (@adamboultonTABB) May 22, 2020
I tried to make a selfie. I look like a bridge troll. So that why I don't do that. Also because it is lame. Ha
— christina applegate (@1capplegate) January 14, 2016
i am a troll 1st and a musician 2nd. priorities.
— MONTERO 🦋 (@LilNasX) April 16, 2019
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Is troll used correctly in the following sentence?
Some troll tried to get me riled up online today, but I just ignored it.
How to use troll in a sentence
Sometimes these answers are meant to clarify or add context, while other times creators will take on their bullies and trolls with their video responses.TikTok’s new Q&A feature lets creators respond to fan questions using text or video|Sarah Perez|January 20, 2021|TechCrunch
Not surprisingly — and as Krzyzewski predicted — the trolls were soon out in force, claiming that Krzyzewski was reacting to the two losses.Coach K is right: College football and basketball need their own commissioners|John Feinstein|December 17, 2020|Washington Post
While it’s helpful to have these held, it’s still often difficult for creators to have to deal with these comments at all, as online trolls can be unbelievably cruel.YouTube introduces new feature to address toxic comments|Sarah Perez|December 3, 2020|TechCrunch
How the influential adviser went from right-wing troll to the driving force behind Trumpism.
The campaign draws on the spam-like behavior of bots and trolls, with the same or similar language posted repeatedly across social media.Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a ‘troll farm,’ prompting rebuke by Facebook and Twitter|Isaac Stanley-Becker|September 15, 2020|Washington Post
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|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lena Dunham has been (crazily) accused of “sexual abuse” by right-wing troll sites for a passage in her memoir.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure|Marlow Stern|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But aside from making a professional troll a rich man, the Cohos did achieve their political goals.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage|Arthur Chu|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The problem, as Weaver and Clark explained, is that this group drools at the opportunity to troll something like ReaganBook.
And as far as trolls go, ESPN is like Jotnar, the gargantuan mountain troll wreaking havoc in the Trollhunter films.
Ling had seemed so hairy, so misshapen, like a troll out of Gothic legends.The Devil's Asteroid|Manly Wade Wellman
Her fright led to explanations and an expression of gratitude on the part of the troll-wife.
The youths thought this sounded easy enough, so they went home with the troll to his castle.
One day, as he sat in his own room, he heard the voice of the old troll beneath his window talking to another troll.
It is not wonderful that both the cup and the beggar vanished; but we are to understand that the beggar was a troll.
British Dictionary definitions for troll (1 of 2)
- 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