troll Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “troll” in the English Dictionary

"troll" in British English

See all translations

trollnoun [C]

uk   /trəʊl/ /trɒl/  us   /troʊl/
  • troll noun [C] (CREATURE)

an ​imaginary, either very ​large or very ​smallcreature in ​traditionalScandinavianstories, that has ​magicalpowers and ​lives in ​mountains or ​caves
  • troll noun [C] (COMPUTING)

someone who ​leaves an ​intentionallyannoyingmessage on the internet, in ​order to get ​attention or ​causetrouble
a ​message that someone ​leaves on the internet that is ​intended to ​annoypeople: A well-constructed troll will ​provokeirate or ​confusedresponses from ​flamers and ​newbies.

trollverb [I or T]

uk   /trəʊl/ /trɒl/  us   /troʊl/
to ​try to ​catchfish by ​pulling a baitedline through the ​water behind a ​boat: Boats were trolling formackerel. They were trolling the ​colderwaters of the Channel.
trolling
noun [U] /-ɪŋ/
They ​proposed a new ​law on internet trolling.
(Definition of troll from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"troll" in American English

See all translations

trollverb [I]

 us   /troʊl/
to ​fish from a ​boat that is ​movingslowly in the ​water and ​pulling a ​fishingline (= ​length of ​string with something ​attached that ​attractsfish) behind it: Many of his ​friends had ​largeboats, and they ​frequentlytraveled together trolling for ​mackerel.
(Definition of troll from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"troll" in Business English

See all translations

trollverb [I]

uk   us   /trəʊl/
to ​search in many ​places to ​findpeople or ​information you want, especially on the ​internet: Eager to ​secure the company's future, he ​started trolling for ​mergerpartners. troll for ​bargains/​data/​jobs
MARKETING to ​try to get new ​customers by ​phoning or visiting ​people: The ​economy has become more ​stable and ​lenders are trolling for ​customers again.
(Definition of troll from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of troll?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“troll” in Business English

There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

nutty

containing, tasting of, or similar to nuts

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More