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Meaning of “troll” in the English Dictionary

"troll" in British English

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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.
to ​leave an ​insultingmessage on he internet in ​order to ​annoy someone: Getting trolled is one of the most ​annoying things about ​buyingstuff on the internet.
(Definition of troll from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"troll" in American English

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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

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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)
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