troll

1
[ trohl ]
/ troʊl /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. trojan horse,
  2. trojan war,
  3. trojan women, the,
  4. troke,
  5. troland,
  6. trolley,
  7. trolley bus,
  8. trolley car,
  9. trolley dolly,
  10. trolley line

Origin of troll

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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

Related formstroll·er, nounun·trolled, adjective

Can be confusedtrawl troll

troll

2
[ 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

2
First recorded in 1610–20, troll is from the Old Norse word troll demon

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British Dictionary definitions for troll

troll

1
/ (trəʊl) /

verb

noun

Derived Formstroller, noun

Word Origin for troll

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

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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Word Origin and History for troll
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