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troll 1

v. trolled, troll·ing, trolls
a. To fish for by trailing a baited line from behind a slowly moving boat.
b. To fish in by trailing a baited line: troll the lake for bass.
c. To trail (a baited line) in fishing.
a. To move around in (an area) or go to (different places) searching for something: "The players cautiously refrain from saying anything candid to the press trolling the clubhouse" (David Grann).
b. To examine or search through: trolling the classifieds for a cheap car.
3. Music
a. To sing in succession the parts of (a round, for example).
b. To sing heartily: troll a carol.
4. To post inflammatory or irrelevant material on (an electronic forum) to provoke responses.
1. To fish by trailing a line, as from a moving boat.
a. To stroll along or wander: "As he was extremely early, he trolled past the community center" (David Bezmozgis).
b. To move around in an area or go to different places searching for something.
c. To examine or search through something: trolling through old family photos looking for a picture of my aunt.
3. Music To sing heartily or gaily.
a. The act of trolling for fish.
b. A lure, such as a spoon or spinner, that is used for trolling.
2. Music A vocal composition in successive parts; a round.
a. A person who posts inflammatory or otherwise unwanted material on an electronic forum, especially anonymously.
b. The material so posted.

[Middle English trollen, to wander about, from Old French troller, of Germanic origin. N., senses 3a and b, influenced by troll.]

troll′er n.

troll 2

1. A supernatural creature of Scandinavian folklore, variously portrayed as a friendly or mischievous dwarf or as a giant, that lives in caves, in the hills, or under bridges.
2. Derogatory A person, especially an older gay man, considered to be unpleasant or ugly.

[Old Norse, perhaps akin to Old Norse troða, to step, tread, and dialectal Norwegian trosa, to leave or go off tumultuously.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trolling - angling by drawing a baited line through the watertrolling - angling by drawing a baited line through the water
angling - fishing with a hook and line (and usually a pole)
References in classic literature ?
Then is a fife heard trolling within the lodge on the inspiring topic of the "British Grenadiers"; and as the evening closes in, a gruff inflexible voice is heard to say, while two men pace together up and down, "But I never own to it before the old girl.
Colonel Killigrew all this time had been trolling forth a jolly bottle song, and ringing his glass in symphony with the chorus, while his eyes wandered toward the buxom figure of the Widow Wycherly.
As thus he walked down a shady lane he saw a tinker coming, trolling a merry song as he drew nigh.
But that is Nature's way: she will allow a gentleman of splendid physiognomy and poetic aspirations to sing woefully out of tune, and not give him the slightest hint of it; and takes care that some narrow-browed fellow, trolling a ballad in the corner of a pot-house, shall be as true to his intervals as a bird.
He should concentrate on his life but instead what he is doing is criminal-level trolling.
Moving forward, if you see any of your friends or relatives trolling someone, please share this experience with them.
com/science/article/pii/S0191886917304270) Personality and Individual Differences defines trolling behavior as "the deliberate provocation of others using deception and harmful behaviour on the internet, which often results in conflict, highly emotional reactions and disruption of communication in order to advance the troll's own amusement.
To sink the teasers at a 4- to 7-knot trolling speed--a practical envelope for mixed-bag dead bait trolling--I snap a 32-ounce trolling lead to the forward center ring of the teaser.
HOW TO STOP A TROLL Internet trolling is a criminal offence.
Summary: New Delhi [India], September 8 (ANI): The captain of Indian Women's Cricket team, Mithali Raj, was bashed on the social media for uploading what she described as a "postshoot selfie," but received loads of support in return, with her fans trolling the 'trolls'.
The trolling was not about the product or service, so we did not reply," says Abhinav Kumar, Country Development (India) Head at Trivago, and the model in question.
The trolling is no longer mischievous; the trolls are being hired by politicians and even governments (Russia is a prime suspect) for destabilization.