verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trolled

British Dictionary definitions for trolled




  1. to draw (a baited line, etc) through the water, often from a boat
  2. to fish (a stretch of water) by trolling
  3. to fish (for) by trolling
to roll or cause to roll
archaic to sing (a refrain, chorus, etc) or (of a refrain, etc) to be sung in a loud hearty voice
(intr) British informal to walk or stroll
(intr) homosexual slang to stroll around looking for sexual partners; cruise
(intr) computing slang to post deliberately inflammatory articles on an internet discussion board


the act or an instance of trolling
angling a bait or lure used in trolling, such as a spinner
computing slang a person who submits deliberately inflammatory articles to an internet discussion
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




(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 trolled
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