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)
Words nearby troll
Origin of troll1
OTHER WORDS FROM trolltroll·er, nounun·trolled, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH trolltrawl troll
Examples from the Web for trolling
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 trolling (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