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

     

    troll

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//trɒl//
     
    , BrE//trəʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//troʊl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they troll
    BrE BrE//trɒl//
     
    , BrE//trəʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//troʊl//
     
    he / she / it trolls
    BrE BrE//trɒlz//
     
    , BrE//trəʊlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//troʊlz//
     
    past simple trolled
    BrE BrE//trɒld//
     
    , BrE//trəʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//troʊld//
     
    past participle trolled
    BrE BrE//trɒld//
     
    , BrE//trəʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//troʊld//
     
    -ing form trolling
    BrE BrE//ˈtrɒlɪŋ//
     
    , BrE//ˈtrəʊlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtroʊlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] troll (for something) (especially North American English) to catch fish by pulling a line with bait on it through the water behind a boat
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] (informal) to search for or try to get something troll something for something He trolled the Internet for advice on the disease. troll for something Both candidates have been trolling for votes.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] troll (somebody/something) to write false or insulting messages in Internet chat rooms, blogs, etc. in order to make other people angry Someone keeps posting snide comments on the forum, trolling for a reaction. Someone trolled me every day this week, each time posting the same obnoxious message on my blog. It looks like kids are intentionally trolling these blogs and trying to get a reaction from the adults who write them.
  4. Word Originverb 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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