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troll

1. verb In an online platform such as a forum, message board, social media site, etc., to intentionally attempt to antagonize or provoke others by posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or inappropriate messages or other content. The same user kept trolling the message board by posting bizarre images, so we banned him.
2. verb To publicly target someone or some entity for ridicule or mockery, typically online, such as via social media, and often in a coy or indirect way. I love how fast food restaurants are now starting to troll each other on Twitter.
3. verb To stroll. Primarily heard in UK. We trolled around the park before lunch.
4. verb, slang To visit a public place for the purpose of finding a sexual partner. Often said of homosexual men. The days of guys trolling public bathrooms are mostly over.
5. noun A nasty and often ugly person. Likened to the legendary creature of the same name known for harassing people and having a grotesque appearance. That man is total troll—who yells at little kids like that?
6. noun In an online platform such as a forum, message board, social media site, etc., a person who intentionally attempts to antagonize or provoke others by posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or inappropriate messages or other content. Ugh, don't listen to anything that user has to say, he's a real troll.
7. noun An inflammatory, irrelevant, or inappropriate message or other content posted in an online platform such as a forum, message board, social media site, etc., as an intentional attempt to antagonize or provoke others. Don't even bother reading any trolls from that user. He's just trying to start a fight.

troll

1. n. an ugly person; a grouchy person. Gee, that dame is a real troll. What’s her problem?
2. n. an internet user who sends inflammatory or provocative messages designed to elicit negative responses or start a flame-war. (As a fisherman trolls for an unsuspecting fish.) Don’t answer those silly messages. Some troll is just looking for an argument.
3. n. a message sent by a troll (sense 2). Every time I get a troll, I just delete it.

troll booth

n. a (highway) toll booth. There’s another troll booth up ahead!
See also: troll
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Wikipedia explains a troll in internet slang as 'a person who starts quarrels or upsets people on the Internet to distract and sow discord by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses and normalising tangential discussion, whether for the troll's amusement or a specific gain.
Fact: it is usually not recommended that you engage with a troll or flamer online, but there are other actions you can take.
"Life of Zarf: The Trouble with Weasels" by Rob Harrell: As a troll, Zarf Belford is at the bottom of the social ladder at Cotswin Middle School.
"After years of dealing with this kind of behavior, both in a virtual reality and in the comment sections of an article, the harsh reality is this: You will never beat a troll. You will never change a troll's mind.
Displaying an ideology that diverges from the particular online community's perspective may lead to being conceived as a troll. Individual egos are instrumental in social status negotiation.
What exactly is a troll? Many definitions abound, but a patent troll's focus is on locating and extracting money from existing uses of technology and not on developing new uses or markets.
In the real world, there are many bridges (patents), and not everyone guarding them is a troll. However, using emotionally baited names, such as patent troll, does little to move the debate forward and may result in changes to the patent system that are neither warranted nor desirable.
There is a Troll Cupcake recipe at the back of the book.
A troll isn't a catchall term that applies to anyone who disagrees with you, the twitter version of Godwin's Law (" As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1").
When a troll does trolling, it is for the entertainment of others with humorous effect.
Fortunately, the new camerawoman is not eaten by a troll. But Hans sees that he has given his life in the pursuit of hunting these poor and unfortunate creatures, and can take it no more.
If you are the proud owner of a Troll collection, and would like to find out how you could get involved now and throughout the year with this campaign, then you can contact Andrea Jack or Claire Sawkins on 01423 359 100, or email info@so-pr.co.uk and they will give you more information.
Patch is just a mild-mannered tailor's apprentice, but when his friend Osbert is threatened by a troll, he manages to slay the evil (if elderly) beast, becoming a village hero.
If a human sees a troll and refuses to believe his eyes then the troll disappears into thin air.
Living with such a supernova is enough to make any girl feel like a troll.