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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 lolling
Historical Examples
  • But what latent speed and power lay hidden in that mass of lolling tuna.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • “This was yesterday,” added Marlow, lolling in the armchair lazily.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • “This was yesterday,” added Marlow, lolling in the arm-chair lazily.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • She was lolling on her carpet as I entered, with her attendants around her.

  • He hurried to the negro owner, who was lolling on the verandah.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Cecily was shabby from necessity and somewhat touzled from lolling in the hammock.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • My job was "action on the firing line" and not lolling in security as a guest of an enemy!

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • He sat up on his haunches listening with interest and lolling his tongue!

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • How graceful and kitten-like they are, in their lazy, lolling motions!

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • Prince Hippolyte was lolling in a lounge chair with his legs over its arm.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for lolling


(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 lolling



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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