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verb     troll pronunciation in British English
/trɒl/    troll pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participletrolling
past tensetrolled
past participletrolled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] computing showing disapproval to write negative and hostile comments on a website in order to provoke people
  2. 2
    [intransitive] informal to walk somewhere in a relaxed way
  3. 3
    [intransitive] mainly American to try to catch fish using a fishing line tied to the back of a boat
  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to mock someone online, often in a subtle or undeclared way

    Pete Souza, the former chief photographer for Barack Obama in the White House, appears to be attempting to troll Donald Trump on Instagram.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 09/02/2017

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     trolling pronunciation in British English
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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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