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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trollnoun

    (Scandanavian folklore) a supernatural creature (either a dwarf or a giant) that is supposed to live in caves or in the mountains

  2. round, trollnoun

    a partsong in which voices follow each other; one voice starts and others join in one after another until all are singing different parts of the song at the same time

    "they enjoyed singing rounds"

  3. trollnoun

    a fisherman's lure that is used in trolling

    "he used a spinner as his troll"

  4. troll, trollingverb

    angling by drawing a baited line through the water

  5. trollverb

    circulate, move around

  6. trollverb

    cause to move round and round

    "The child trolled her hoop"

  7. trollverb

    sing the parts of (a round) in succession

  8. trollverb

    angle with a hook and line drawn through the water

  9. trollverb

    sing loudly and without inhibition

  10. trollverb

    praise or celebrate in song

    "All tongues shall troll you"

  11. trollverb

    speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Trollverb

    To move circularly; to drive about.

    Etymology: trollen, to roll, Dutch; perhaps from trochlea, Lat. a thing to turn round.

    With the phant’sies of hey troll,
    Troll about the bridal bowl,
    And divide the broad-bread cake,
    Round about the bride’s stake. Ben Jonson, Underwoods.

  2. To Trollverb

    How pleasant on the banks of Styx,
    To troll it in a coach and six. Jonathan Swift.

    Nor drain I ponds the golden carp to take,
    Nor trowle for pikes, dispeoplers of the lake. John Gay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trollnoun

    a supernatural being, often represented as of diminutive size, but sometimes as a giant, and fabled to inhabit caves, hills, and like places; a witch

  2. Trollverb

    to move circularly or volubly; to roll; to turn

  3. Trollverb

    to send about; to circulate, as a vessel in drinking

  4. Trollverb

    to sing the parts of in succession, as of a round, a catch, and the like; also, to sing loudly or freely

  5. Trollverb

    to angle for with a trolling line, or with a book drawn along the surface of the water; hence, to allure

  6. Trollverb

    to fish in; to seek to catch fish from

  7. Trollverb

    to roll; to run about; to move around; as, to troll in a coach and six

  8. Trollverb

    to move rapidly; to wag

  9. Trollverb

    to take part in trolling a song

  10. Trollverb

    to fish with a rod whose line runs on a reel; also, to fish by drawing the hook through the water

  11. Trollnoun

    the act of moving round; routine; repetition

  12. Trollnoun

    a song the parts of which are sung in succession; a catch; a round

  13. Trollnoun

    a trolley


  1. Troll

    A troll is a supernatural being in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore. In origin, troll may have been a negative synonym for a jötunn, a being in Norse mythology. In Old Norse sources, beings described as trolls dwell in isolated rocks, mountains, or caves, live together in small family units, and are rarely helpful to human beings. In some sources, trolls can't stand sunlight with some of the sources claiming that trolls even turn to stone upon being exposed to sunlight. Later, in Scandinavian folklore, trolls became beings in their own right, where they live far from human habitation, are not Christianized, and are considered dangerous to human beings. Depending on the region from which accounts of trolls stem, their appearance varies greatly; trolls may be ugly and slow-witted or look and behave exactly like human beings, with no particularly grotesque characteristic about them. Trolls are sometimes associated with particular landmarks, which at times may be explained as formed from a troll exposed to sunlight. One of the most famous elements of Scandinavian folklore, trolls are depicted in a variety of media in modern popular culture.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Troll

    trōl, n. in Scandinavian mythology, a supernatural being of small size, dwelling in a cave, hill, &c. [Ice. troll (Ger. droll). Cf. Droll.]

  2. Troll

    trōl, v.t. to move circularly: to sing the parts of in succession, as of a catch or round: to angle or fish for in a certain way: to fish for.—v.i. to roll: to move or run about: to sing a catch: to stroll, ramble: to fish, esp. for pike, with rod and line, using revolving lure, artificial or natural, such as spoon-bait, minnow, &c.—n. a moving round, repetition: a round song.—ns. Troll′er; Troll′ey, Troll′y, a costermonger's cart: a metallic roller or pulley used in many electric street-railways in connection with an overhead electric conductor: a small truck running in a furnace, or in mines: lace whose pattern is outlined with a thicker thread or a flat border made up of several such threads; Troll′ing; Troll′ing-bait, -spoon, a metallic revolving lure used in trolling. [O. Fr. troller, trauler (Fr. trôler), to stroll; Old High Ger. trollen, to run.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. troll

    1. v.,n. [From the Usenet group alt.folklore.urban] To utter a posting on Usenet designed to attract predictable responses or flames; or, the post itself. Derives from the phrase “trolling for newbies” which in turn comes from mainstream “trolling”, a style of fishing in which one trails bait through a likely spot hoping for a bite. The well-constructed troll is a post that induces lots of newbies and flamers to make themselves look even more clueless than they already do, while subtly conveying to the more savvy and experienced that it is in fact a deliberate troll. If you don't fall for the joke, you get to be in on it. See also YHBT.2. n. An individual who chronically trolls in sense 1; regularly posts specious arguments, flames or personal attacks to a newsgroup, discussion list, or in email for no other purpose than to annoy someone or disrupt a discussion. Trolls are recognizable by the fact that they have no real interest in learning about the topic at hand - they simply want to utter flame bait. Like the ugly creatures they are named after, they exhibit no redeeming characteristics, and as such, they are recognized as a lower form of life on the net, as in, “Oh, ignore him, he's just a troll.” Compare kook. 3. n. [Berkeley] Computer lab monitor. A popular campus job for CS students. Duties include helping newbies and ensuring that lab policies are followed. Probably so-called because it involves lurking in dark cavelike corners.Some people claim that the troll (sense 1) is properly a narrower category than flame bait, that a troll is categorized by containing some assertion that is wrong but not overtly controversial. See also Troll-O-Meter.The use of ‘troll’ in any of these senses is a live metaphor that readily produces elaborations and combining forms. For example, one not infrequently sees the warning “Do not feed the troll” as part of a followup to troll postings.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of troll in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of troll in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of troll in a Sentence

  1. Isabel Hilton:

    Beijing( sees the incursions) as an attempt by their own population to troll Taiwan, to provoke Taiwan, to make fun of Taiwan's incompetence. They treat it as a propaganda victory.

  2. Green Party co-leader James Shaw:

    I think New Zealand is not immune to what we have seen overseas with the influence of troll farms and putting out misinformation on social media....that really worries me, i am worried about the health of our democracy and the risks we are exposed to.

  3. Nina Jankowicz:

    All we have on our side is the truth, the Russians is willing to create troll accounts and other false amplifiers, and play with the facts, and manipulate images.

  4. Rick Hutcheon:

    We've really taken a beating here in Toronto in the last little while, people are beginning to troll for stocks that appear to have some lasting long-term structural value, good management ... At some stage, things fall to a point at which value starts to surface and we may be there.

  5. Rick Hutcheon:

    We've really taken a beating here in Toronto in the last little while, people are beginning to troll for stocks that appear to have some lasting long-term structural value, good management. ... At some stage, things fall to a point at which value starts to surface and we may be there.

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