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[lol] /lɒl/
verb (used without object)
to recline or lean in a relaxed, lazy, or indolent manner; lounge:
to loll on a sofa.
to hang loosely; droop; dangle:
The dog stood in the heat with his tongue lolling out of his mouth.
verb (used with object)
to allow to hang, droop, or dangle.
noun, Archaic.
the act of lolling.
a person or thing that lolls.
Origin of loll
1300-50; Middle English lollen, lullen (perhaps imitative); compare Middle Dutch lollen doze, sit over the fire
Related forms
loller, noun
lollingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for loll
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  • We are not meant to loll at our devotions, as the lecturer told us.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • loll was straight before me, gesticulating and shouting to his men.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • That is why you are for ever sleeping, and why you loll and rest at all times.

    Roger the Bold F. S. Brereton
  • They loll on their mustangs, lazily worrying out the long hours.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • Make them a reproach, and all that pass by them to loll out their tongues at them!

    Library Notes A. P. Russell
  • He might take it in his hands and bear it to his lips and kiss it; he might lean and loll and kiss her.

    Spring Days George Moore
  • It was too hot much of the time to do more than loll about the porches with a book or some sewing.

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick
  • What do you think this is, a liner where you can loll around and look pretty?

    The Battleship Boys at Sea Frank Gee Patchin
  • To-day we have done nothing but loll about and play croquet.

British Dictionary definitions for loll


(intransitive) to lie, lean, or lounge in a lazy or relaxed manner
to hang or allow to hang loosely
an act or instance of lolling
Derived Forms
loller, noun
lolling, adjective
Word Origin
C14: perhaps imitative; perhaps related to Middle Dutch lollen to doze
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Word Origin and History for loll

mid-14c., lollen "to lounge idly, hang loosely," perhaps related to Middle Dutch lollen "to doze, mumble," or somehow imitative of rocking or swinging. Specifically of the tongue from 1610s. Related: Lolled; lolling. As a noun, from 1709.

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