[ dol ]
/ dɒl /
a small figure representing a baby or other human being, especially for use as a child's toy.
- a pretty but expressionless or unintelligent woman.
- a girl or woman, especially one who is considered attractive.
- a boy or man who is considered attractive.
- (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.
doll up, Informal. to dress in an elegant or ostentatiously stylish manner: She got all dolled up for a trip to the opera.
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Origin of doll
First recorded in 1550–60; generic use of Doll
OTHER WORDS FROM dolldoll·ish, doll-like, adjectivedoll·ish·ly, adverbdoll·ish·ness, noun
Words nearby doll
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British Dictionary definitions for doll up (1 of 2)
(tr, adverb) slang to adorn or dress (oneself or another, esp a child) in a stylish or showy manner
British Dictionary definitions for doll up (2 of 2)
/ (dɒl) /
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 dolldollish, adjectivedollishly, adverbdollishness, noun
Word Origin for doll
C16: probably from Doll, pet name for Dorothy
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