Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “troll”

See all translations

troll

noun [C] uk   /trəʊl/ /trɒl/ us    /troʊl/

troll noun [C] (CREATURE)

an imaginary, either very large or very small creature in traditional Scandinavian stories, that has magical powers and lives in mountains or caves

troll noun [C] (COMPUTING)

someone who leaves an intentionally annoying message on the internet, in order to get attention or cause trouble a message that someone leaves on the internet that is intended to annoy people: A well-constructed troll will provoke irate or confused responses from flamers and newbies.

troll

verb [I or T] uk   /trəʊl/ /trɒl/ us    /troʊl/

troll verb [I or T] (FISH)

to try to catch fish by pulling a baited line through the water behind a boat: Boats were trolling for mackerel. They were trolling the colder waters of the Channel.

troll verb [I or T] (SEARCH)

mainly US to search among a large number or many different places in order to find people or information you want: They are trolling the internet for new customers.

troll verb [I or T] (COMPUTING)

to leave an insulting message on he internet in order to annoy someone: Getting trolled is one of the most annoying things about buying stuff on the internet.
(Definition of troll from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of troll?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “troll” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

past participle

the form of a verb, usually made by adding -ed, used in some grammatical structures such as the passive and the present perfect

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More