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
Origin of troll2
Related Words for trollsogre, giant, hobgoblin, gnome, demon, leprechaun, goblin, dwarf, monster, kobold
Examples from the Web for trolls
Contemporary Examples of trolls
From creeps and trolls to hoaxes and hackers, these are the things that made us want to say sayonara to the Interwebs this year.10 Things That Made Us Want to Turn Off the Internet Forever in 2014
The Daily Beast
December 15, 2014
What separates the trolls from the exuberant or opinionated is anonymity.Outed Madeleine McCann Troll Kills Herself. But Millions Live On Online.
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 6, 2014
A day after launching, the site was overrun with trolls and taken down by admins.ReaganBook Is the Latest Conservative #Fail
July 31, 2014
And as far as trolls go, ESPN is like Jotnar, the gargantuan mountain troll wreaking havoc in the Trollhunter films.ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Pricks
July 29, 2014
Online support groups, say critics, potentially risk exposing the bullied to other trolls.The Bully Waging War Against Bullies
October 10, 2013
Historical Examples of trolls
As we paddled we tried our trolls, but were not rewarded with a single strike.The Long Labrador Trail
It was Tod, who had been his friend among the trolls of the mountains, and with Tod was his wife.King Arthur's Knights
She then went up to one of the Trolls and pulled him gently by the sleeve.
Will you tell me where I am to find the Trolls of the Palace?
I thought of "Peer Gynt" wandering in the high home of the Trolls.The Trail of the Goldseekers
- 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.
In Norse mythology, repulsive dwarfs who lived in caves or other hidden places. They would steal children and property but hated noise. The troll in the children's story “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” for example, lives under a bridge and is enraged when he hears the goats crossing the bridge.