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[drool] /drul/
verb (used without object)
to water at the mouth, as in anticipation of food; salivate; drivel.
to show excessive pleasure or anticipation of pleasure.
to talk foolishly.
saliva running down from one's mouth; drivel.
Origin of drool
1795-1805; variant of driule, itself variant of drivel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for drooling
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  • It doesn't sound natural, but you certainly seem to know what you're drooling about.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Harkaman was drooling over the mass of historical material he had found.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • Belchy's ogle had been of the straightforward, loose-lipped, drooling variety.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • It was the thought of ending my days as a drooling, mewling infant—or worse!

    A Feast of Demons William Morrison
  • As a result of the latter we see wetting, soiling and drooling.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • He read it slowly, with a movement of his lips and a drooling of tobacco-juice.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
  • It's a wonder the drooling ward didn't break down while I was in hospital.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • They tumbled him aboard, where he lay in an insensate heap, drooling spit and making incoherent, bubbling noises.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
British Dictionary definitions for drooling


(intransitive) often foll by over. to show excessive enthusiasm (for) or pleasure (in); gloat (over)
verb, noun
another word for drivel (sense 1), drivel (sense 2), drivel (sense 4)
Word Origin
C19: probably alteration of drivel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for drooling



1802, apparently a dialectal variant or contraction of drivel. Related: Drooled; drooling. The noun is from 1860s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for drooling



  1. : It gives me sharp and shooting pains, to listen to such drool
  2. drip (1930s+)


To talk foolishly or stupidly; utter inanities (1900s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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