verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
- 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.
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Origin of troll1
OTHER WORDS FROM trolltroller, nounun·trolled, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH trolltrawl, troll
Words nearby troll
Definition for troll (2 of 2)
Origin of troll2
Example sentences from the Web for troll
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
“I don’t have much of a platform and was even hesitant to share it at first,” says Kel, who asked not to be identified with her surname to avoid trolls.The internet of protest is being built on single-page websites|Tanya Basu|August 27, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The problem, as Weaver and Clark explained, is that this group drools at the opportunity to troll something like ReaganBook.
For many supporters of GOProud, being called a “troll” was a badge of honor.
My wife used to work at the U.S. Department of Commerce – what if Aaron Alexis had decided to troll the hallways there?
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|Jean Trinh|May 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Violentacrez and his ilk were free to troll: to post objectionable, offensive garbage.
At the same moment the troll fell dead and turned into pieces of flint.
When he had done this the troll again said some words to him, and with that he became a raven, and flew high up into the air.
"It's all ready for me here, and I will eat," said the troll.
For pain will not troll off as pleasure doth, nor imitate it in its pleasing and tickling touches.Essays and Miscellanies|Plutarch
The troll then gave the old man a sackful of money, and laden with this he betook himself homewards.
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