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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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  • They sing, they loll, they talk of Paris, and above all they drink.

    The Secret of the Night Gaston Leroux
  • loll was straight before me, gesticulating and shouting to his men.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • A man wanted action and instead he was forced to loll around listening to stories.

    Day of the Druid Knut Enferd
  • We are not meant to loll at our devotions, as the lecturer told us.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • He apparently has nothing to do but to loll behind the office counter and improve his finger-nails.

    The Champagne Standard Mrs. John Lane
  • They loll on their mustangs, lazily worrying out the long hours.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • An enemy in the territory assigned to Gen. Grant was never allowed much opportunity to loll in careless indolence.

  • Make them a reproach, and all that pass by them to loll out their tongues at them!

    Library Notes A. P. Russell
  • Now they all took shape satyric, like hideous heads thrust out of the dark to loll their tongues at him.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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