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Lolita

Line breaks: Lo¦lita
Pronunciation: /lə(ʊ)ˈliːtə
 
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Definition of Lolita in English:

noun

A sexually precocious young girl.
Example sentences
  • If her girls have been compared to prepubescent Lolitas, her seniors seem just as coy, if comically spry.
  • In a little table in the corner, some very doll-like Lolitas were sitting and chatting on their cell phones.
  • It is true that teenage mags can be vile little publications hellbent on creating a generation of Lolitas, dressed up in sparkly halter-neck frocks and the latest eyeshadow.

Origin

from the name of a character in the novel Lolita (1958) by Vladimir Nabokov.

More
  • In Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita ( 1958), Humbert Humbert, a man in his late 30s, becomes sexually obsessed with Dolores Haze, a 12-year-old girl whom he dubs Lolita, a pet form of Dolores. The book's disturbing subject matter created a scandal when it was published in the USA, but it gave the world two words for ‘a sexually precocious young girl’, Lolita itself and nymphet.

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