- an unattractive female or one with a bad reputation.
She is such a troll.
Last edited on Apr 14 1998. Submitted by Jeff Keen from Kent, OH, USA
on Apr 14 1998.
- a person who posts to an internet discussion group or chat room with the sole purpose of disrupting it.
Since when did my favorite message board get taken over by trolls?
Oh, ignore him, he's just a troll.
Don't feed the trolls.
Last edited on May 24 2016. Submitted by Trish from Boston, MA, USA
on Feb 15 2002.
- ugly, hairy, mean beasts who live under bridges. From folklore.
Last edited on Feb 15 2002. Submitted by Trish from Boston, MA, USA
on Feb 15 2002.
- a post to a computer discussion made only to disrupt it.
Last edited on Aug 04 2009. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA
on Aug 04 2009.
- an unattractive homosexual male who compensates for his loathsomeness with financial stability, and promises of such to other homosexuals struggling to sustain their lifestyle. An exploiter, predator, and scumbag.
This definition is questionable and is pending deletion. It will be saved from deletion if legitimate citations are found.
Last edited on May 24 2016. Submitted by enkephalin07 from New Orleans, LA, USA
on Sep 02 2015.
- A perjorative, used mainly in the context of internet forums
A. As a pre-emptive means of dismissing unwanted content of a comment by explicitly stating that the commenter is, at best, not sincere or is, at worst, only attempting to cause disruption of the forum's normative interactive structures and/or certain users' normative emotional states. See ad hominem
B. As a post-rationalizing means of projecting onto a commenter seen as an 'outsider' the responsibility for 'causing' such disruptions, thereby avoiding any awareness of pre-existing structural disintegrities in the forum's normative operations and/or certain users' normative behavioral and emotional responses to unwanted information.
This definition is related to the generally accepted definition of 'troll' in the forum context. But from a purely descriptive point of reference, the misuses of the word in these applications - which are not, in many instances, simply false or mistaken insults or dismissals, but directed means, known and intentionally applied by the group, to exclude dissent from the group's accepted canon of allowable information and to consciously maintain denial of group disintegrities - creates a complete semantic discontinuity between this use and the usage from which it is derived. Therefore, this application deserves to be treated as a wholly separate definition.
Examples are abundant, and redundant, such as: "Don't feed the trolls." For other examples, see the entries for 'troll' in this dictionary, many of which attribute to 'trolls,' in completely explicit terms, the unilateral causation of both aggressive behavior and negative emotions in others, and the unilateral causation of infighting amongst forum participants who, it is implicitly presumed, had no predilection for such behaviors. Rarely do people so willingly admit to, or so easily accept, their own lack of volition or self-control in these matters of personal self-determination and choice.
Last edited on May 23 2016. Submitted by Gst from Eugene, OR, USA
on May 23 2016.