Definition of dolly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdälē/

noun (plural dollies)

1A child’s word for a doll.
Example sentences
  • She jumped on mats that sang, put dollies to bed, chose a dolls' house to take home and finally she waited patiently next to her grandfather as two baskets of chocolate eggs were paid for; one for her and one for her baby brother.
  • Each child got a present that had been chosen for them, and it was fabulous to see all of the little girls pushing their new dollies in their new dolly prams and the boys driving their remote control Hummers.
  • I whine like a little baby girl who just had her favorite dolly taken away from her.
1.1 informal, dated An attractive and stylish young woman, usually with connotations of unintelligence.
Example sentences
  • It has recently come to my attention that you have been spuriously promising your vast readership pictures of young dolly songbirds in a state of total undress.
  • Whether they were their wives or some dolly they picked up along the way is unclear.
2A small platform on wheels used for holding heavy objects, typically film or television cameras.
Example sentences
  • Nearly a quarter of the film's movement - dollies, crane shots - are synthetic.
  • The town is all one set, and at the end of the film, when he dollies in on Doc Halliday's tombstone, he takes care to put a tiny wagon train heading west in the background of the shot.
  • The camera dollies in slightly, then cuts to a close-up of her and tilts down to the page, upon which she is drawing crude crosses in red ink.
3 historical A short wooden pole for stirring clothes in a washtub.

verb (dollies, dollying, dollied)

[no object]
(Of a film or television camera) be moved on a mobile platform in a specified direction: the camera dollies back to reveal hundreds of people
More example sentences
  • He shoots in lush 35 mm for once, dollying his camera around at just the right moments and placing his lens at just the right length for maximum suspense.
  • Move with your camera and take tracking or dollying shots.
  • Finally I want to exclude widescreen films (which were phased in in 1953 and 1954), on the theory that they initially reduced the perceived need for panning and dollying.

Words that rhyme with dolly

Barbirolli, brolly, collie, folly, golly, holly, jolly, lolly, Mollie, molly, nollie, Ollie, polly, poly, trolley, volley, wally

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Syllabification: dol·ly

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