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doll

[ dol ]
/ dɒl /
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noun

a small figure representing a baby or other human being, especially for use as a child's toy.
a small figure representing a nonhuman character, for use as a toy: cartoon character dolls.
Slang.
  1. a pretty but expressionless or unintelligent woman.
  2. a girl or woman, especially one who is considered attractive.
  3. a boy or man who is considered attractive.
  4. (sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address, as to a child or romantic partner (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).
Informal. a generous or helpful person: You're a doll for lending me your car.
Slang. a barbiturate in pill form.

Verb Phrases

doll up, Informal.
  1. to dress, groom, or style oneself in an elegant or ostentatiously fashionable manner: She got all dolled up for an evening at the opera.
  2. to make more attractive, as by decorating or embellishing: The street was dolled up with showy flowers and colorful banners.

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Origin of doll

First recorded in 1550–60; generic use of Doll

OTHER WORDS FROM doll

doll·ish, doll-like, adjectivedoll·ish·ly, adverbdoll·ish·ness, noun

Definition for doll (2 of 2)

Doll
[ dol ]
/ dɒl /

noun

a female given name, form of Dorothy.
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British Dictionary definitions for doll

doll
/ (dɒl) /

noun

a small model or dummy of a human being, used as a toy
slang a pretty girl or woman of little intelligence: sometimes used as a term of address

Derived forms of doll

dollish, adjectivedollishly, adverbdollishness, noun

Word Origin for doll

C16: probably from Doll, pet name for Dorothy
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