verb (used with object)
- to post inflammatory or inappropriate messages or comments on (the Internet, especially a message board) for the purpose of upsetting other users and provoking a response.
- to upset or provoke (other users) by posting such messages or comments.
verb (used without object)
Origin of troll1
Related Words for trollingfly-fishing, whirl, swivel, twist, twirl, pivot, revolve, spin, shoot, express, relay, grant, post, drop, deliver, dispatch, fire, address, forward, commit
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Contemporary Examples of trolling
A few weeks after returning from England, I was trolling the dairy section and came across the Cotswold Double Gloucester.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
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
December 17, 2014
The “pedophile” trolling from the blogosphere was based on a few distinct stories.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
August 30, 2014
In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling.How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy
July 29, 2014
To his credit, Gallo does seem to understand that he is trolling.Wesleyan Rap Genius: “We Have Girlfriends. How Can We Promote Sexual Assault?”
June 6, 2014
Historical Examples of trolling
We had not room for more than four lines at the stern for trolling.Down South
That is called warbling, or trilling, or trolling, or something.Peck's Uncle Ike and The Red Headed Boy
George W. Peck
It's the Watch on the Rhine he's trolling, as sure as you live!Air Service Boys Flying for Victory
Charles Amory Beach
Together they would walk on the beach or go out to sea, in a dugout, trolling.When the Owl Cries
The same tackle can be utilized for trolling in the same situations.Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others
James Alexander Henshall
- 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
Word Origin for troll
Word Origin for troll
late 14c., "to go about, stroll," later (early 15c.) "roll from side to side, trundle," from Old French troller, a hunting term, "wander, to go in quest of game without purpose," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German trollen "to walk with short steps"), from Proto-Germanic *truzlanan.
Sense of "sing in a full, rolling voice" (first attested 1570s) and that of "fish with a moving line" (c.1600) are both extended technical applications of the general sense of "roll, trundle," the latter perhaps confused with trail or trawl. Figurative sense of "to draw on as with a moving bait, entice, allure" is from 1560s. Meaning "to cruise in search of sexual encounters" is recorded from 1967, originally in homosexual slang.
"ugly dwarf or giant," 1610s, from Old Norse troll "giant, fiend, demon." Some speculate that it originally meant "creature that walks clumsily," and derives from Proto-Germanic *truzlan, from *truzlanan (see troll (v.)). But it seems to have been a general supernatural word, cf. Swedish trolla "to charm, bewitch;" Old Norse trolldomr "witchcraft."
The old sagas tell of the troll-bull, a supernatural being in the form of a bull, as well as boar-trolls. There were troll-maidens, troll-wives, and troll-women; the trollman, a magician or wizard, and the troll-drum, used in Lappish magic rites. The word was popularized in English by 19c. antiquarians, but it has been current in the Shetlands and Orkneys since Viking times. The first record of it is from a court document from the Shetlands, regarding a certain Catherine, who, among other things, was accused of "airt and pairt of witchcraft and sorcerie, in hanting and seeing the Trollis ryse out of the kyrk yeard of Hildiswick."
Originally conceived as a race of giants, they have suffered the same fate as the Celtic Danann and are now regarded in Denmark and Sweden as dwarfs and imps supposed to live in caves or under the ground.