troll

noun

  • 1

    A person who makes a deliberately offensive or provocative online post.

    • ogre emoji
      • informal
  • 2

    (in folklore) a man-eating giant.

  • 3

    A deliberately offensive or provocative online post.

    • ogre emoji
      • informal

verb

  • 4

    Make a deliberately offensive or provocative online post with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them.

    • ogre emoji
      • informal

Dialects

Emoji One Apple Twemoji Facebook Messenger Google
Emoji One's ogre emoji Apple's ogre emoji Twemoji's ogre emoji Facebook's ogre emoji Messenger's ogre emoji Google's ogre emoji

Origin

Early 17th century: from Old Norse and Swedish troll, Danish trold. The first English use is from Shetland; the term was adopted more widely into English in the mid 19th century.

Pronunciation

  • troll /trəʊl/
  • troll /trɒl/