doll

[ dol ]
/ dɒl /

noun

a small figure representing a baby or other human being, especially for use as a child's toy.
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.

Verb Phrases

doll up, Informal. to dress in an elegant or ostentatiously stylish manner: She got all dolled up for a trip to the opera.

Nearby words

  1. dolichosaurus,
  2. dolin,
  3. dolin, sir anton,
  4. doline,
  5. dolium,
  6. doll up,
  7. doll's eye sign,
  8. doll's house, a,
  9. dollar,
  10. dollar area

Origin of doll

First recorded in 1550–60; generic use of Doll

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

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 Formsdollish, adjectivedollishly, adverbdollishness, noun

Word Origin for doll

C16: probably from Doll, pet name for Dorothy

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Word Origin and History for doll
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