Troll definition

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To sing in a round, catch, etc.
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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.

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To post inflammatory or irrelevant material on (an electronic forum) to provoke responses.
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To fish for by trailing a baited line from behind a slowly moving boat.
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To fish in by trailing a baited line.

Troll the lake for bass.

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To trail (a baited line) in fishing.
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To move around in (an area) or go to (different places) searching for something.
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To examine or search through.

Trolling the classifieds for a cheap car.

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To sing in succession the parts of (a round, for example).
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To fish by trailing a line, as from a moving boat.
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(music) To sing heartily or gaily.
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To stroll along or wander.
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To move around in an area or go to different places searching for something.
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To examine or search through something.

Trolling through old family photos looking for a picture of my aunt.

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(music) A vocal composition in successive parts; a round.
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The act of trolling for fish.
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A lure, such as a spoon or spinner, that is used for trolling.
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A person who posts inflammatory or otherwise unwanted material on an electronic forum, especially anonymously.
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The material so posted.
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A supernatural creature of Scandinavian folklore, variously portrayed as a friendly or mischievous dwarf or as a giant, that lives in caves, in the hills, or under bridges.
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(derogatory) A person, especially an older gay man, considered to be unpleasant or ugly.
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To roll; revolve.
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(informal) To conduct a casual or haphazard search of.

To troll the local singles bars.

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To sing the parts of (a round, catch, etc.) in succession.
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To sing lustily or in a full, rolling voice; chant merrily.
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To trail (a lure, bait, etc.) through the water in fishing from a slowly moving boat.
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To fish in (a lake, etc.) by this method.
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To fish with bait or a lure trailed on a line behind a slowly moving boat.
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(informal) To conduct a casual or haphazard search.

Visiting bars, trolling for a pickup.

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To roll, spin, or whirl.
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To speak fast.
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To wag.
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To sing lustily or in a full, rolling voice.
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To be uttered in such a voice.
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A song having parts sung in succession; round.
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The method of trolling in fishing.
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A lure, or a lure and line, used in trolling.
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(scand. folklore) Any of a race of supernatural beings, variously conceived of as giants or dwarfs, living underground or in caves.
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(fantasy) A supernatural being of varying size, now especially a grotesque humanoid creature living in caves or hills or under bridges. [from early 17th c.]
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(slang) An ugly person of either sex, especially one seeking sexual experiences.
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(astronomy, meteorology) Optical ejections from the top of the electrically active core regions of thunderstorms that are red in color that seem to occur after tendrils of vigorous sprites extend downward toward the cloud tops.
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(intransitive) To saunter. [from late 14th c.]
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(intransitive) To trundle, to roll from side to side. [from early 15th c.]
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(figuratively) To draw someone or something out, to entice, to lure as if with trailing bait. [from the 1500s]

1906: It was necessary to troll them along two years with the hope of employing their usual methods, in order to get them to a place too far from their starting-point for retreat. "” Thomas William Lawson, "Fools and Their Money: Some After-Claps of Frenzied Finance", Everybody's Magazine XIV(5) May 1906, p. 690

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(intransitive, fishing, by extension) To fish using a line and bait or lures trailed behind a boat similarly to trawling; to lure fish with bait. [from circa 1600]
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To angle for with a trolling line, or with a hook drawn along the surface of the water; hence, to allure.
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To fish in; to try to catch fish from.
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(slang, intransitive) To stroll about in order to find a sexual partner, to cruise (originally homosexual slang). [from 20th c.]

His favorite place to troll is that bar on 42nd street.

I am trolling for custom, said the actress to the bishop.

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(intransitive, Internet slang) In an online community or discussion, (to post inflammatory material so as) to attempt to lure others into combative argument for purposes of personal entertainment and/or gratuitous disruption. [from late 20th c.]
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(Internet slang) By extension, to incite anger (outside of an internet context); to provoke, harass or annoy.
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An instance of trolling, especially, in fishing, the trailing of a baited line. [from circa 1600]
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(colloquial) A person who provokes others (chiefly on the Internet) for their own personal amusement or to cause disruption. [from late 20th c.]
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Sir Walter Scott.

Troll the brown bowl.

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(intransitive, archaic) To sing the parts of in succession, as of a round, a catch, and the like; also, to sing loudly, freely or in a carefree way. [from the 16th c.]
  • 1883, Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Chapter V.
    Next, he opened his stall and spread his meat upon the bench, then, taking his cleaver and steel and clattering them together, he trolled aloud in merry tones: [...].

Troll the ancient Yuletide carol. Fa la la la la la la la la.

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The act of moving round; routine; repetition.

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A song whose parts are sung in succession; a catch; a round.
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(slang) A native or resident of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
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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.

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To sing heartily.

Troll a carol.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
troll
Plural:
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Origin of troll

  • Middle English trollen to wander about from Old French troller of Germanic origin N., senses 3a and b, influenced by troll

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old Norse

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Norwegian, Danish or Swedish troll, from Old Norse trÇ«ll (“witch, mage, conjurer") (compare Icelandic tröll), possibly related to the Middle High German trolle (“spook, wraith, monster, ogre") . Norwegian fortrylle (“to bewitch"), Norwegian and Danish trylle (“to conjure") and Swedish trolla (“to conjure").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English troll (“to go about", "to stroll", "to roll from side to side"), from Old French troller (French trôler) and Middle High German trollen (“to stroll"); fishing sense possibly influenced by trawl and/or trail

    From Wiktionary

  • A term coined by Yoopers to refer to residents of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, because trolls live "under the bridge" (referring to the Mackinaw Bridge).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English trollen, trollin (“to walk, wander"). Cognate with Low German trullen (“to troll").

    From Wiktionary