Meaning of “troll” in the English Dictionary

"troll" in English

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trollnoun [ C ]

uk /trəʊl/ /trɒl/ us /troʊl/

trollverb [ 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.
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

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trollverb [ I ]

us /troʊl/

to fish from a boat that is moving slowly in the water and pulling a fishing line (= length of string with something attached that attracts fish) behind it:

Many of his friends had large boats, and they frequently traveled 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 /trəʊl/ us

to search in many places to find people or information you want, especially on the internet:

Eager to secure the company's future, he started trolling for merger partners.
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)