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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for drooling

Contemporary Examples of drooling

Historical Examples of 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.


    James H Schmitz

  • It was the thought of ending my days as a drooling, mewling infant—or worse!

    A Feast of Demons

    William Morrison

  • As a result of the latter we see wetting, soiling and drooling.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

British Dictionary definitions for drooling



(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for drooling



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper