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Pronunciation: /dɒl
 
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noun

1A small model of a human figure, typically 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
1.1 informal , chiefly North American An attractive young woman.
Synonyms
beauty, beautiful woman, attractive woman, belle, vision, Venus, goddess, beauty queen, English rose, picture
informal looker, good looker, stunner, lovely, knockout, bombshell, dish, cracker, smasher, peach, eyeful, sight for sore eyes, bit of alright
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 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.
Synonyms
dress up, dress smartly, dress attractively
informal get up, do up, tog up, dress up to the nines, put on one's glad rags
British informal tart up

Origin

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

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  • 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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doll2

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Pronunciation: /dɒl
 
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Horse Racing , British

noun

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
More example sentences
  • The incident followed on from a similar episode where the first five home were thrown out after taking the incorrect course after three fences in the home straight were dolled off due to the low sun.
  • The local stewards threw out the winner for going the wrong way round the final flight which had been dolled off.
  • His vision obscured, only at the last minute did he spot that the fence had been dolled off because it was damaged.

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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