- 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.
Origin of doll
Examples from the Web for doll-like
She has these doll-like contacts in and extensions in her hair.Meet Justin Jedlica, the Real Life Ken Doll
April 15, 2014
Ukrainian model Valeria Lukyanova has gained a massive YouTube following for her doll-like appearance.Valeria Lukyanova, Real-Life Barbie, Gets Vice Documentary
Misty White Sidell
July 28, 2013
Yet I should certainly be happier with her than with some doll-like Julie.War and Peace
The pose is not particularly happy, and the whole has to our mind a "doll-like" effect.Tyrol and its People
This doll-like expression was no longer discernible in Valentine.A Life For a Love
L. T. Meade
Pretty, she may be, but it is in a doll-like way, with not a thought above her household.Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl
Her hands and feet were small enough to pay tribute to her birth and breeding, but not so small as to be doll-like.Hidden Gold
- 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
Word Origin and History for doll-like
1550s, endearing name for a female pet or a mistress; originally a familiar form of fem. proper name Dorothy (q.v.). The -l- for -r- substitution in nicknames is common in English: cf. Hal for Harold, Moll for Mary, Sally for Sarah, etc. Attested from 1640s as colloquial for "slattern;" sense of "child's toy baby" is c.1700. Transferred back to living beings 1778 in sense of "pretty, silly woman."
1867, "to pet, indulge," from doll (n.). Usually with up. Meaning "to dress up" is from 1906, American English. Related: Dolled; dolling.