Oni vs Troll - What's the difference?

oni | troll |

As a proper noun oni

is .

As a noun troll is





  • A Japanese evil spirit or demon.
  • * 1908 , Henri L. Joly, Legend in Japanese Art: A Description of Historical Episodes, Legendary Characters, Folk-lore, Myths, Religious Symbolism, Illustrated in the Arts of Old Japan , page 263-264
  • ONI' . Generic name for devils, the representation of which in art is quite a common feature. ' Onis have claws, a square head with two horns, sharp teeth, and malignant eyes surmounted by big eyebrows; occasionally they wear trousers of tiger skin.
  • * 1918 , William Elliot Griffis, Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks
  • Across the ocean, in Japan, there once lived curious creatures called Onis . Every Japanese boy and girl has heard of them, though one has not often been caught.
  • * 1979 , Marian Ury, Tales of Times Now Past: Sixty-Two Stories from a Medieval Japanese Collection , University of California Press, ISBN 0520038649, page 147:
  • "That's no human being playing the instrument," he thought in amazement. "It can only be an oni or some such being."
  • * 1992 , Karl M. Schwarz, Netsuke Subjects: A Study on the Netsuke Themes with Reference to Their Interpretation and Symbolism , Böhlau Verlag Wien, ISBN 3205055152, page 46:
  • The standing Shoki holds with his left hand an oni on his leg.
  • * 2005 , Christopher Hart, Manga Mania Shoujo: How to Draw the Charming and Romantic Characters of Japanese Comics , ISBN 0823029735, page 69
  • This is actually a boy bishie in the form of an ogre. It's called an oni in Japanese. Onis have supernatural powers that can command the forces of nature such as wind (to create hurricanes) and lightning (to create thunderbolts).
  • * 2011 , Mike Shel, "Ecology of the Oni", Jade Regent: The Brinewall Legacy , Paizo Publishing, ISBN 978-1-60125-361-3, page 69:
  • The oni are a diverse group of evil spirits who take on the form of humanoid creatures so that they can enjoy the pleasures and vices of the flesh.



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), (etyl) or (etyl) troll, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (fantasy) A supernatural being of varying size, now especially a grotesque humanoid creature living in caves or hills or under bridges.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=The solitary, lumbering trolls' of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent ' troll .}}
  • (slang) An ugly person of either sex, especially one seeking sexual experiences.
  • (astronomy, meteorology) 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.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) ; fishing sense possibly influenced by trawl and/or trail


    (en verb)
  • To saunter.
  • To trundle, to roll from side to side.
  • (figuratively) To draw someone or something out, to entice, to lure as if with trailing bait.
  • 1906': ''It was necessary to '''troll''' them along two years with the hope of employing their usual methods, in order to get them to a place too far from their starting-point for retreat.'' — , "Fools and Their Money: Some After-Claps of Frenzied Finance", ''Everybody's Magazine'' ' XIV (5) May 1906, p. 690
  • (intransitive, fishing, by extension) To fish using a line and bait or lures trailed behind a boat similarly to trawling; to lure fish with bait.
  • * Bancroft
  • Their young men trolled along the brooks that abounded in fish.
  • To angle for with a trolling line, or with a hook drawn along the surface of the water; hence, to allure.
  • To fish in; to try to catch fish from.
  • * Goldsmith
  • With patient angle trolls the finny deep.
  • (slang) To stroll about in order to find a sexual partner, to (originally homosexual slang).
  • His favorite place to troll is that bar on 42nd street.
    I am trolling for custom, said the actress to the bishop.
  • (internet slang) (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
  • * 1993 October 11, “danny burstein” (username), “ I trolled, and no one bit!”, in alt.folklore.urban, Usenet
  • (internet slang) By extension, to incite anger (including outside of an internet context); to provoke, harass or annoy.
  • * 1994 March 8, “Robert Royar” (username), “ OK, here's more on trolling”, in comp.edu.composition, Usenet :
  • trolling isn't aimed at newbies. It's aimed at self-important people


    (en noun)
  • An instance of trolling, especially, in fishing, the trailing of a baited line.
  • (colloquial) A person who provokes others (chiefly on the Internet) for their own personal amusement or to cause disruption.
  • Derived terms
    * concern troll * feed the troll * patent troll * troll-friendly

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) trollen, .


    (en verb)
  • (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To move circularly; to roll; to turn.
  • * Milton
  • to dress and troll the tongue, and roll the eye
  • (obsolete) To send about; to circulate, as a vessel in drinking.
  • * Gammer Gurton's Needle
  • Then doth she troll to the bowl.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • Troll the brown bowl.
  • (transitive, intransitive, archaic) 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.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Will you troll the catch?
  • * Hudibras
  • His sonnets charmed the attentive crowd, / By wide-mouthed mortal trolled aloud.
    Troll the ancient Yuletide carol. Fa la la la la la la la la.
  • * 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
  • Next, he opened his stall and spread his meat upon the bench, then, taking his cleaver and steel and clattering them together, he trolled aloud in merry tones:


    (en noun)
  • The act of moving round; routine; repetition.
  • (Burke)
  • A song whose parts are sung in succession; a catch; a round.
  • * Professor Wilson
  • Thence the catch and troll , while "Laughter, holding both his sides," sheds tears to song and ballad pathetic on the woes of married life.
  • (obsolete) A trolley.
  • Derived terms
    * troll plate


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