troll

A troll is a supernatural creature who is either very big or very small, ugly, and not very nice. You're most likely to read about a troll in a fairytale — perhaps trying to trick a beautiful princess into marrying him!

You’ve probably come across a troll before, maybe in The Lord of the Rings. As a verb, to troll means to wander around. You may have heard of a trolley, which is a vehicle that helps you travel around a city. The word troll more generally refers to anything that repeats itself regularly. You might troll a city, searching for a trolley, or you might troll parts of a song, repeating them one after the other to annoy your neighbors!

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: troll

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n
(Scandanavian folklore) a supernatural creature (either a dwarf or a giant) that is supposed to live in caves or in the mountains
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vn
angle with a hook and line drawn through the water
angling by drawing a baited line through the water
3
v
circulate, move around
4
vn
sing loudly and without inhibition
a partsong in which voices follow each other; one voice starts and others join in one after another until all are singing different parts of the song at the same time
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: troll
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n (Scandanavian folklore) a supernatural creature (either a dwarf or a giant) that is supposed to live in caves or in the mountains

Type of:
mythical creature, mythical monster
a monster renowned in folklore and myth
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v angle with a hook and line drawn through the water

Type of:
angle
fish with a hook

n angling by drawing a baited line through the water

Synonyms:
trolling
Type of:
angling
fishing with a hook and line (and usually a pole)

n a fisherman's lure that is used in trolling

“he used a spinner as his troll
Type of:
fish lure, fisherman's lure
(angling) any bright artificial bait consisting of plastic or metal mounted with hooks and trimmed with feathers
3

v circulate, move around

Type of:
circle, circulate
move in circles

v cause to move round and round

“The child trolled her hoop”
Type of:
roll, wheel
move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle
4

v sing loudly and without inhibition

Type of:
sing
produce tones with the voice

v praise or celebrate in song

“All tongues shall troll you”
Type of:
praise
express approval of

v speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice

Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

v sing the parts of (a round) in succession

Type of:
sing
deliver by singing

n a partsong in which voices follow each other; one voice starts and others join in one after another until all are singing different parts of the song at the same time

Synonyms:
round
Type of:
partsong
a song with two or more voice parts
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