- Troll is defined as the act of trailing baited fishing lines from a slow-moving boat, or a supernatural creature who lives in a cave or underground, or is slang for someone who posts upsetting messages in an online discussion.
- An example of a troll is the way fishermen catch salmon in salt water off the coast of Alaska.
- An example of a troll is Gollum.
- An example of a troll is a person who posts pornographic text in an online chat or forum.
- Troll means to fish by trailing a baited line from a boat, or to wander or search for something.
- An example of troll is hang fishing lines off the back of a boat and the boat slowly in a lake or bay.
- An example of troll is to wander through a forest looking for wild mushrooms.
troll definition by Webster's New World
- to roll; revolve
- to sing the parts of (a round, catch, etc.) in succession
- to sing lustily or in a full, rolling voice; chant merrily
- to trail (a lure, bait, etc.) through the water in fishing from a slowly moving boat
- to fish in (a lake, etc.) by this method
Origin: Middle English trollen, to roll, troll, wander, probably ; from Middle French troller ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle High German trollen, to walk or run with short steps: see troll
- Now Rare
- to speak fast
- to wag: said of the tongue
- to sing in a round, catch, etc.
- to sing lustily or in a full, rolling voice
- to be uttered in such a voice
- to fish with a bait or lure trailed on a line behind a slowly moving boat
- to roll, spin, or whirl
- a song having parts sung in succession; round
- the method of trolling in fishing
- a lure, or a lure and line, used in trolling
- troller noun
Origin: Old Norse probably ; from an unverified form truzla ; from Indo-European an unverified form dreu-, variant, variety of base an unverified form drā-, to run from source trap, Middle High German trollen, to run with short steps, German trolle, wench: readopted ; from Norwegian by 19th-c. antiquaries
troll definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb trolled, troll·ing, trolls verb, transitive
- a. To fish for by trailing a baited line from behind a slowly moving boat.b. To fish in by trailing a baited line: troll the lake for bass.c. To trail (a baited line) in fishing.
- Slang To patrol (an area) in search for someone or something: “[Criminals] troll bus stations for young runaways” (Pete Axthelm).
- Music a. To sing in succession the parts of (a round, for example).b. To sing heartily: troll a carol.
- To roll or revolve.
- To fish by trailing a line, as from a moving boat.
- a. To wander about; ramble.b. Slang To patrol an area in search for someone or something.
- Music To sing heartily or gaily.
- To roll or spin around.
- a. The act of trolling for fish.b. A lure, such as a spoon or spinner, that is used for trolling.
- Music A vocal composition in successive parts; a round.
Origin: Middle English trollen, to wander about, from Old French troller, of Germanic origin.
- trollˈer noun
Origin: Old Norse.