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Droll vs. Troll

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Drolladjective

Oddly humorous; whimsical, amusing in a quaint way; waggish.

Trollnoun

(fantasy) A supernatural being of varying size, now especially a grotesque humanoid creature living in caves or hills or under bridges.

Drollnoun

(archaic) A funny person; a buffoon, a wag.

Trollnoun

(slang) An ugly person of either sex, especially one seeking sexual experiences.

Drollverb

(archaic) To jest, to joke.

Trollnoun

Optical ejections from the top of the electrically active core regions of thunderstorms that are red in color that seem to occur after tendrils of vigorous sprites extend downward toward the cloud tops.

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Drolladjective

Queer, and fitted to provoke laughter; ludicrous from oddity; amusing and strange.

Trollnoun

An instance of trolling, especially, in fishing, the trailing of a baited line.

Drollnoun

One whose practice it is to raise mirth by odd tricks; a jester; a buffoon; a merry-andrew.

Trollnoun

A person who provokes others (chiefly on the Internet) for their own personal amusement or to cause disruption.

Drollnoun

Something exhibited to raise mirth or sport, as a puppet, a farce, and the like.

Trollnoun

The act of moving round; routine; repetition.

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Drollverb

To jest; to play the buffoon.

Trollnoun

A song whose parts are sung in succession; a catch; a round.

Drollverb

To lead or influence by jest or trick; to banter or jest; to cajole.

‘Men that will not be reasoned into their senses, may yet be laughed or drolled into them.’;

Trollnoun

(obsolete) A trolley.

Drollverb

To make a jest of; to set in a comical light.

‘This drolling everything is rather fatiguing.’;

Trollverb

(intransitive) To saunter.

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Drolladjective

comical in an odd or whimsical manner;

‘a droll little man with a quiet tongue-in-cheek kind of humor’;

Trollverb

(intransitive) To trundle, to roll from side to side.

Droll

A droll is a short comical sketch of a type that originated during the Puritan Interregnum in England. With the closure of the theatres, actors were left without any way of plying their art.

Trollverb

To draw someone or something out, to entice, to lure as if with trailing bait.

Trollverb

To fish using a line and bait or lures trailed behind a boat similarly to trawling; to lure fish with bait.

Trollverb

(transitive) To angle for with a trolling line, or with a hook drawn along the surface of the water; hence, to allure.

Trollverb

(transitive) To fish in; to try to catch fish from.

Trollverb

To stroll about in order to find a sexual partner, to cruise

‘He spends most of his waking hours trolling on WIRE.’;

Trollverb

(to post inflammatory material so as) to attempt to lure others into combative argument for purposes of personal entertainment and/or gratuitous disruption, especially in an online community or discussion

Trollverb

By extension, to incite anger (including outside of an Internet context); to provoke, harass or annoy.

Trollverb

To move circularly; to roll; to turn.

Trollverb

To send about; to circulate, as a vessel in drinking.

Trollverb

To sing the parts of in succession, as of a round, a catch, and the like; also, to sing loudly, freely or in a carefree way.

Trollnoun

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.

Trollnoun

The act of moving round; routine; repetition.

Trollnoun

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.’;

Trollnoun

A trolley.

Trollverb

To move circularly or volubly; to roll; to turn.

‘To dress and troll the tongue, and roll the eye.’;

Trollverb

To send about; to circulate, as a vessel in drinking.

‘Then doth she troll to the bowl.’; ‘Troll the brown bowl.’;

Trollverb

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 mortaltrolled aloud.’;

Trollverb

To angle for with a trolling line, or with a book drawn along the surface of the water; hence, to allure.

Trollverb

To fish in; to seek to catch fish from.

‘With patient angle trolls the finny deep.’;

Trollverb

To roll; to run about; to move around; as, to troll in a coach and six.

Trollverb

To move rapidly; to wag.

Trollverb

To take part in trolling a song.

Trollverb

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.’;

Trollnoun

(Scandanavian folklore) a supernatural creature (either a dwarf or a giant) that is supposed to live in caves or in the mountains

Trollnoun

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’;

Trollnoun

a fisherman's lure that is used in trolling;

‘he used a spinner as his troll’;

Trollnoun

angling by drawing a baited line through the water

Trollverb

circulate, move around

Trollverb

cause to move round and round;

‘The child trolled her hoop’;

Trollverb

sing the parts of (a round) in succession

Trollverb

angle with a hook and line drawn through the water

Trollverb

sing loudly and without inhibition

Trollverb

praise or celebrate in song;

‘All tongues shall troll you’;

Trollverb

speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice

Trollnoun

(in folklore) an ugly creature depicted as either a giant or a dwarf.

Trollnoun

a person who makes a deliberately offensive or provocative online post

‘one solution is to make a troll's postings invisible to the rest of community once they've been recognized’;

Trollnoun

a deliberately offensive or provocative online post.

Trollnoun

a line or bait used in trolling for fish.

Trollverb

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

‘if people are obviously trolling then I'll delete your posts and do my best to ban you’; ‘you folks taking this opportunity to troll me, you really need to reassess your values in your life’;

Trollverb

carefully and systematically search an area for something

‘a group of companies trolling for partnership opportunities’; ‘I spent tonight trolling the Internet for expensive lighting gear’;

Trollverb

fish by trailing a baited line along behind a boat

‘we trolled for mackerel’;

Trollverb

walk in a leisurely way; stroll

‘we all trolled into town’;

Trollverb

sing (something) in a happy and carefree way

‘he trolled a note or two’;

Troll

A troll is a being in Scandinavian folklore, including Norse mythology. In Old Norse sources, beings described as trolls dwell in isolated rocks, mountains, or caves, live together in small family units, and are rarely helpful to human beings.

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