- a small figure representing a baby or other human being, especially for use as a child's toy.
- a pretty but expressionless or unintelligent woman.
- a girl or woman, especially one who is considered attractive.
- a boy or man who is considered attractive.
- (sometimes initial capital letter)an affectionate or familiar term of address, as to a child or romantic partner (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).
- Informal. a generous or helpful person: You're a doll for lending me your car.
- doll up, Informal. to dress in an elegant or ostentatiously stylish manner: She got all dolled up for a trip to the opera.
Origin of doll
- a female given name, form of Dorothy.
Examples from the Web for doll
To test out a doll he designed to have realistic human proportions, Nickolay Lamm went to a group of second-graders in Pittsburgh.Pot-Smoking Grannies, Jimmy Fallon Covers U2, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
November 23, 2014
The auction house reached out to the Levine estate to procur the doll.Bid on CIA’s Osama Action Figure, Lewinsky's Lingerie, and More at This L.A. Auction House
November 11, 2014
This video is NSFW for language, as well as that bit with the doll.NYPD Heckles Comedian During Arrest (NSFW)
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 14, 2014
I actually will doll up the frozen White Castles with fresh onions and cheese.Chrissy Teigen and the Rise of the Social Supermodel
July 30, 2014
Julia is intelligent, attractive, professionally successful and does not own a doll.Patted Down by India’s Hugging Saint
July 20, 2014
I couldn't be a doll, for men to look at and then tire of me.The Bacillus of Beauty
"Come," he said, pleadingly, and of course the doll could not have gone alone.Quaint Courtships
There's a doll I brought her from New Orleans once when she was about your size.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
Somebody been demonstrating that your doll's stuffed with sawdust, Tracey?The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
They were blue eyes, blue and shallow as a doll's, and edged with long, fine lashes.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- a small model or dummy of a human being, used as a toy
- slang a pretty girl or woman of little intelligence: sometimes used as a term of address
Word Origin and History for doll
1550s, endearing name for a female pet or a mistress; originally a familiar form of fem. proper name Dorothy (q.v.). The -l- for -r- substitution in nicknames is common in English: cf. Hal for Harold, Moll for Mary, Sally for Sarah, etc. Attested from 1640s as colloquial for "slattern;" sense of "child's toy baby" is c.1700. Transferred back to living beings 1778 in sense of "pretty, silly woman."
1867, "to pet, indulge," from doll (n.). Usually with up. Meaning "to dress up" is from 1906, American English. Related: Dolled; dolling.