verb (used without object)

to water at the mouth, as in anticipation of food; salivate; drivel.
to show excessive pleasure or anticipation of pleasure.
to talk foolishly.


saliva running down from one's mouth; drivel.

Origin of drool

1795–1805; variant of driule, itself variant of drivel
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Examples from the Web for drool

Contemporary Examples of drool

Historical Examples of drool

  • He was healthy and enormous, but his mom still wiped his drool.

  • Everybody does go batty that's high-brow and studies and all that drool.

    Under the Law

    Edwina Stanton Babcock

  • Drool, old boy, drool all you like if it makes a difference.

  • She constantly held saliva in her mouth, though she did not often drool.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • The unfamiliar wetness at the corners of his mouth was drool.

    The Dictator

    Milton Lesser

British Dictionary definitions for drool



(intr often foll by over) to show excessive enthusiasm (for) or pleasure (in); gloat (over)

verb, noun

Word Origin for drool

C19: probably alteration of drivel
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Word Origin and History for drool

1802, apparently a dialectal variant or contraction of drivel. Related: Drooled; drooling. The noun is from 1860s.

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