Troll (disambiguation)

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Troll can have several different meanings:


Additionally:

  • In Middle English the word troll (derived from French troller, or 'wander') is attested from 1377 and was used to mean 'to go about, stroll'; later this term was derogatively applied to those women who followed soldiers with the purpose of prostitution and probably evolved into the word trollop ('strumpet, prostitute'); these meanings are now archaic, although stroll ('to walk about in a leisurely manner') is certainly still in everyday use.
  • The word troll as used to refer to the mythical creature derives from Old Norse troll, 'giant, fiend, or demon'. Possibly related to Old Norse trolldomr, 'witchcraft' and Swedish trolla 'to charm, to bewitch'.

Slang usage

  • Trolling can mean walking. This is more or less basic slang now (from stroll), but it used to be polari.
  • Residents of Michigan's Upper Peninsula frequently refer to residents of the state's Lower Peninsula as "trolls", making joking reference to the fact that all Lower Peninsula residents live "under a bridge" (i.e., to the south of the Mackinac Bridge that connects the state's two parts).
  • Troll, Caltech slang for a student who studies hard. Also used as a verb to troll which means to study.
  • Troll, derogatory term in gay male slang for an unattractive, usually overweight, gay man (implied: who is looking for sex with young men). Also a verb to troll meaning to cruise for sex.
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