- 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 drooling
It doesn't sound natural, but you certainly seem to know what you're drooling about.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Harkaman was drooling over the mass of historical material he had found.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
Belchy's ogle had been of the straightforward, loose-lipped, drooling variety.Legacy
James H Schmitz
It was the thought of ending my days as a drooling, mewling infant—or worse!A Feast of Demons
As a result of the latter we see wetting, soiling and drooling.Benign Stupors
- (intr often foll by over) to show excessive enthusiasm (for) or pleasure (in); gloat (over)
C19: probably alteration of drivel
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Word Origin and History for drooling
1802, apparently a dialectal variant or contraction of drivel. Related: Drooled; drooling. The noun is from 1860s.
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