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 .
Definition for troll (2 of 2)
Origin of troll2
Example sentences from the Web for troll
A few weeks after returning from England, I was trolling the dairy section and came across the Cotswold Double Gloucester.
These are modern-day minstrels, trolling late-night highways to bring their art to your door.On Tour With The Head and the Heart, Indie Rock’s Next Big Thing|James Joiner|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling.
To his credit, Gallo does seem to understand that he is trolling.Wesleyan Rap Genius: “We Have Girlfriends. How Can We Promote Sexual Assault?”|Olivia Nuzzi|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Part of doing business as a cabbie is trolling the streets for fares.
MacRae beat him two hours to the trolling fleet at Squitty, a fleet that was growing in numbers.Poor Man's Rock|Bertrand W. Sinclair
A greater length of line can be utilized in trolling, whereby the fish is not so apt to see the angler.Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others|James Alexander Henshall
He came forth laden, the Pullman porter with him, as the conductor was trolling, "All aboard."Under Fire|Charles King
The funny man was trolling out a sea-song to which a lively chorus was attached.
As it was noon, they ate a meal before anything was said; and then Carnally gave Turner a fishing-line with a trolling bait on it.For the Allinson Honor|Harold Bindloss
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