[ dohl ]
/ doʊl /


verb (used with object), doled, dol·ing.

to distribute in charity.
to give out sparingly or in small quantities (usually followed by out): The last of the water was doled out to the thirsty crew.

Nearby words

  1. dolce,
  2. dolce far niente,
  3. dolce vita,
  4. dolcelatte,
  5. doldrums,
  6. dole bludger,
  7. dole cupboard,
  8. dole, bob,
  9. dole, sanford ballard,
  10. doleful


    on the dole, receiving payment from the government, as relief: They couldn't afford any luxuries while living on the dole.

Origin of dole

before 1000; Middle English dol, Old English gedāl sharing; cf. deal1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doling

British Dictionary definitions for doling


/ (dəʊl) /


a small portion or share, as of money or food, given to a poor person
the act of giving or distributing such portions
the dole British informal money received from the state while out of work
on the dole British informal receiving such money
archaic fate


(tr usually foll by out) to distribute, esp in small portions

Word Origin for dole

Old English dāl share; related to Old Saxon dēl, Old Norse deild, Gothic dails, Old High German teil; see deal 1


/ (dəʊl) /


archaic grief or mourning

Word Origin for dole

C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dolus, from Latin dolēre to lament

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