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

  2. a small figure representing a nonhuman character, for use as a toy: cartoon character dolls.

  1. Slang.

    • 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).

  2. Informal. a generous or helpful person: You're a doll for lending me your car.

  3. Slang. a barbiturate in pill form.

Verb Phrases
  1. doll up, Informal.

    • to dress, groom, or style oneself in an elegant or ostentatiously fashionable manner: She got all dolled up for an evening at the opera.

    • to make more attractive, as by decorating or embellishing: The street was dolled up with showy flowers and colorful banners.

Origin of doll

First recorded in 1550–60; generic use of Doll

Other words from doll

  • doll·ish, doll-like, adjective
  • doll·ish·ly, adverb
  • doll·ish·ness, noun

Other definitions for Doll (2 of 2)

[ dol ]

  1. a female given name, form of Dorothy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use doll in a sentence

  • Very charmingly is this respect for rule exhibited in all dealings with animals, also dolls and other pets.

    Children's Ways | James Sully
  • They ascended to the finest of these restaurants and found a merchant's party eating at round tables from dolls' plates.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • But the little maid whose hair is made of liquid light, has no eyes for these dolls and puppets.

    Marguerite | Anatole France
  • On the stall are baby dolls with bodies made of grey cardboard, smiling after the manner of idols, monstrous and serene as they.

    Marguerite | Anatole France
  • The dolls do not talk; the little Genie that gave them their smile did not vouchsafe the gift of speech.

British Dictionary definitions for doll


/ (dɒl) /

  1. a small model or dummy of a human being, used as a toy

  2. slang a pretty girl or woman of little intelligence: sometimes used as a term of address

Origin of doll

C16: probably from Doll, pet name for Dorothy

Derived forms of doll

  • dollish, adjective
  • dollishly, adverb
  • dollishness, noun

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