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
How to use troll in a sentence
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
The “pedophile” trolling from the blogosphere was based on a few distinct stories.
And as with all cheerful, well-intentioned memes, the Challenge has provoked some good old-fashioned political trolling.
Because of disability trolling, some people may hesitate to disclose their differences right away.
The Greta is an excellent trolling stream, but the fish are not near the average weight of those in the Eden.The Teesdale Angler|R Lakeland
They permit trolling with angels, or phantoms, or the natural minnow.Angling Sketches|Andrew Lang
The latter had gone fishing with Old Bill as his guide, and their boat could be seen trolling slowly along the far shore.The Missing Formula|Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
Then she left them, and in her white room for an hour she listened hopelessly to the trolling wind.Plashers Mead|Compton Mackenzie
I was using light tackle, and of course trolling, with the reel free running, except for my thumb.Tales of Fishes|Zane Grey
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