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Syllabification: doll
Pronunciation: /däl
 
/

noun

1A small model of a human figure, often one of a baby or girl, used as a child’s toy.
Example sentences
  • As well, both the dolls and the human models are masked.
  • Baby dolls are the must-have for many little girls this Christmas.
  • Toy makers now have to compete with an explosion of video games, interactive dolls, action figures and gadgets that appear to come alive when hooked up to a television set.
Synonyms
figure, figurine, action figure, model;
toy, plaything
informal dolly
1.1 informal , chiefly North American An attractive young woman, often with connotations of unintelligence and frivolity.
1.2North American informal A generous or considerate person: would you be a doll and set the table?
More example sentences
  • Karen was, and is, a doll and her friends were great.
  • For seventeen years she had been nothing but a doll, following her father's orders.
  • Oh, and be a doll, and leave me a review.

verb

[with object] (doll someone up) informal Back to top  
Dress someone or oneself smartly and attractively: I got all dolled up for a party
More example sentences
  • Get on your fanciest dress and get all dolled up!
  • I get dressed, get all dolled up in my black shirt and blue jeans.
  • She's the kind of girl that will always be beautiful whether dolled up in a dress or wearing a paper bag.

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting a mistress): nickname for the given name Dorothy. The sense 'small model of a human figure' dates from the late 17th century.

More
  • Doll started life as a pet form of the name Dorothy, and a doll was originally a man's ‘pet’ or lover. The sense ‘small model of a human figure’ dates from the late 17th century—before this time people used poppet or puppet ( see pup) to refer to the child's toy. The sense ‘attractive girl’ is US slang from the 1840s. See also babe, dame. Dolly was being used as a pet form of doll by the late 18th century and dolly tub meaning ‘washtub for clothes’ (late 19th century) is based on a dialect use of dolly as a term for various things thought to resemble a doll in some way. Here the dolly was a short wooden pole for stirring the washing.

Words that rhyme with doll

boll, Chabrol, Coll, Guignol, haute école, loll, moll, pol, poll, skol, sol, troll, vol

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Horse Racing , British

noun

A temporary barrier on a racecourse or gallop.

verb

[with object] Back to top  
Place a barrier in front of (a jump or other part of the course that is to be omitted from a race): staff incorrectly dolled off a fence at the meeting

Origin

1940s: perhaps a variant of archaic dool 'boundary marker'.

More
  • Doll started life as a pet form of the name Dorothy, and a doll was originally a man's ‘pet’ or lover. The sense ‘small model of a human figure’ dates from the late 17th century—before this time people used poppet or puppet ( see pup) to refer to the child's toy. The sense ‘attractive girl’ is US slang from the 1840s. See also babe, dame. Dolly was being used as a pet form of doll by the late 18th century and dolly tub meaning ‘washtub for clothes’ (late 19th century) is based on a dialect use of dolly as a term for various things thought to resemble a doll in some way. Here the dolly was a short wooden pole for stirring the washing.

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