- 1A small model of a human figure, typically one of a baby or girl, used as a child’s toy.More 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.
- 1.1 • informal , chiefly North American An attractive young woman.
- 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 partyMore 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.
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.
Horse Racing , British
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 meetingMore 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.
1940s: perhaps a variant of archaic dool 'boundary marker'.