Definition of troll noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//trɒl//
    , BrE//trəʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//troʊl//
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  1. 1 (in Scandinavian stories) a creature that looks like an ugly person. Some trolls are very large and evil, others are small and friendly but like to trick people.
  2. 2(informal) a message to a discussion group on the Internet that somebody deliberately sends to make other people angry; a person who sends a message like this See related entries: Social networking, Using the Internet
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1from Old Norse and Swedish troll, Danish trold; adopted into English from Scandinavian in the mid 19th cent. noun sense 2 late Middle English (in the sense ‘stroll, roll’): origin uncertain; compare with Old French troller ‘wander here and there (in search of game)’ and Middle High German trollen ‘stroll’.
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