troll

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v troll speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice
    • v troll praise or celebrate in song "All tongues shall troll you"
    • v troll sing loudly and without inhibition
    • v troll angle with a hook and line drawn through the water
    • v troll sing the parts of (a round) in succession
    • v troll cause to move round and round "The child trolled her hoop"
    • v troll circulate, move around
    • n troll angling by drawing a baited line through the water
    • n troll a fisherman's lure that is used in trolling "he used a spinner as his troll"
    • n troll 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 "they enjoyed singing rounds"
    • n troll (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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Troll A song the parts of which are sung in succession; a catch; a round. "Thence the catch and troll , while “Laughter, holding both his sides,” sheds tears to song and ballad pathetic on the woes of married life."
    • n Troll (Scand. Myth) A supernatural being, often represented as of diminutive size, but sometimes as a giant, and fabled to inhabit caves, hills, and like places; a witch.
    • Troll A trolley.
    • Troll The act of moving round; routine; repetition.
    • Troll To angle for with a trolling line, or with a book drawn along the surface of the water; hence, to allure.
    • Troll To fish in; to seek to catch fish from. "With patient angle trolls the finny deep."
    • Troll To fish with a rod whose line runs on a reel; also, to fish by drawing the hook through the water. "Their young men . . . trolled along the brooks that abounded in fish."
    • Troll To move circularly or volubly; to roll; to turn. "To dress and troll the tongue, and roll the eye."
    • Troll To move rapidly; to wag.
    • Troll To roll; to run about; to move around; as, to troll in a coach and six.
    • Troll To send about; to circulate, as a vessel in drinking. "Then doth she troll to the bowl.""Troll the brown bowl."
    • Troll To sing the parts of in succession, as of a round, a catch, and the like; also, to sing loudly or freely. "Will you troll the catch ?""His sonnets charmed the attentive crowd,
      By wide-mouthed mortal trolled aloud."
    • Troll To take part in trolling a song.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • troll To roll; turn round.
    • troll To circulate; pass or send round, as a vessel of liquor at table.
    • troll To sing in the manner of a catch or round; also, to sing in a full, jovial voice.
    • troll To angle or fish for; especially, to angle for in a particular manner. See trolling.
    • troll To allure; entice; draw on.
    • troll To angle or fish in.
    • troll To roll; roll in.
    • troll To go round; pass; circulate: sometimes with an indefinite it.
    • troll To stroll; ramble.
    • troll To wag; move glibly.
    • troll To take part in a catch or round; sing catches or rounds.
    • troll To angle or fish in a particular manner. See trolling. Synonyms See trawl.
    • n troll A going or moving round; roll; routine; repetition.
    • n troll A song the parts of which are sung in succession; a round.
    • n troll A reel on a fishing-rod.
    • n troll Same as trolley, 1.
    • n troll An artificial lure used in trolling.
    • n troll Any long unshapely thing that trails on the ground; any long thing.
    • n troll In Northern myth., a supernatural being, in old Icelandic literature represented as a kind of giant, but in modern Scandinavia regarded as of diminutive size and inhabiting a fine dwelling in the interior of some hill or mound, answering in some respects to the brownie of Scotland. The trolls are described as obliging and neighborly, lending and borrowing freely, and otherwise keeping up a friendly intercourse with mankind. But they have a sad propensity to thieving, stealing not only provisions, but even women and children. They can make themselves invisible, can confer personal strength and prosperity upon men, can foresee future events, etc. Keightley.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Troll trōl in Scandinavian mythology, a supernatural being of small size, dwelling in a cave, hill, &c.
    • v.t Troll trōl to move circularly: to sing the parts of in succession, as of a catch or round: to angle or fish for in a certain way: to fish for
    • v.i Troll to roll: to move or run about: to sing a catch: to stroll, ramble: to fish, esp. for pike, with rod and line, using revolving lure, artificial or natural, such as spoon-bait, minnow, &c
    • n Troll a moving round, repetition: a round song
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. trollen, to roll, F. trôler, Of. troller, to drag about, to ramble; probably of Teutonic origin; cf. G. trollen, to roll, ramble, sich trollen, to be gone; or perhaps for trotler, fr. F. trotter, to trot (cf. Trot.). Cf. Trawl

Usage

In literature:

When Peer, at the last moment, refuses to go through the ceremony, the trolls dash at him.
"The Pianolist" by Gustav Kobbé
Trolls are grown up by the time they turn eight.
"FreeChildrenStories.com Collection" by Daniel Errico
At one great pull I brought up two wapping big fellows at a time, and trolled them on while Mr. Burke scooped them up.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
One of you can sit in back and troll from there.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Somebody on the tug had fished it out with a trolling line.
"Calumet 'K'" by Samuel Merwin
The approved method is to troll for pike.
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
All at once the troll came home; he walked so heavily that the palace shook.
"East of the Sun and West of the Moon" by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen
Best caught by trolling.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
She was trolling for fish and, evidently, getting a plentiful supply.
"My Brave and Gallant Gentleman" by Robert Watson
Skager's other ground was two miles in an opposite direction under the Troll Rock, and not far from Peter Fae's house.
"Jan Vedder's Wife" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Troll-my-dame, or Troll-madam, game so called, 422.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Another cousin of mine, a younger brother of Hans Larson, of Fjelkinge, was rector at Trolle-Ljungby, not far from the old homestead.
"Reminiscences" by Hans Mattson
Methods of equipment: fly-fishing, trolling, chumming, etc.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
There are sixty men here, and that troll will be the death of them all.
"Stories and Ballads of the Far Past" by Nora Kershaw
How we trolled them out!
"Bill the Minder" by W. Heath Robinson
Again the soft sweet strains went trolling through aisles and arches, all their exquisite melancholy cadence fully rendered.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
It was not the truest sport, maybe, for the fish were chiefly taken with trolling flies.
"The Tent Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
The girl succeeds to the troll's palace, and nothing is said as to what became of the cat.
"Popular Tales" by Charles Perrault
People thought the place was much haunted by reason of the visitation of trolls.
"Beowulf" by R. W. Chambers
My next move was to employ every boy, girl and old woman about the post trolling for pike.
"Canadian Wilds" by Martin Hunter
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In poetry:

"Build, O Troll, a church for me
At Kallundborg by the mighty sea;
Build it stately, and build it fair,
Build it quickly," said Esbern Snare.
"Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent on the Beach)" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And Esbern listened, and caught the sound
Of a Troll-wife singing underground:
"To-morrow comes Fine, father thine:
Lie still and hush thee, baby mine!
"Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent on the Beach)" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"I sinned, O Helva, for love of thee!
Pray that the Lord Christ pardon me!"
But fast as she prayed, and faster still,
Hammered the Troll in Ulshoi hill.
"Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent on the Beach)" by John Greenleaf Whittier
He knew, as he wrought, that a loving heart
Was somehow baffling his evil art;
For more than spell of Elf or Troll
Is a maiden's prayer for her lover's soul.
"Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent on the Beach)" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And now the church was wellnigh done;
One pillar it lacked, and one alone;
And the grim Troll muttered, "Fool thou art!
To-morrow gives me thy eyes and heart!"
"Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent on the Beach)" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And the Baron laughed. But Esbern said,
"Though I lose my soul, I will Helva wed!"
And off he strode, in his pride of will,
To the Troll who dwelt in Ulshoi hill.
"Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent on the Beach)" by John Greenleaf Whittier

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Normal people like Jon Cryer, who Sheen called a troll for not contacting him.
Vladimir Putin 's Army of Blog Trolls.
About a decade ago, I started to notice that rain storms felt more violent, as if mandated by some mythical storm troll who controlled the skies.
I know that would make some of my happy trolls even happier.
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