verb (used without object)

to recline or lean in a relaxed, lazy, or indolent manner; lounge: to loll on a sofa.
to hang loosely; droop; dangle: The dog stood in the heat with his tongue lolling out of his mouth.

verb (used with object)

to allow to hang, droop, or dangle.

noun Archaic.

the act of lolling.
a person or thing that lolls.

Origin of loll

1300–50; Middle English lollen, lullen (perhaps imitative); compare Middle Dutch lollen doze, sit over the fire
Related formsloll·er, nounloll·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for loll

Contemporary Examples of loll

Historical Examples of loll

  • We are not meant to loll at our devotions, as the lecturer told us.

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

  • Loll was straight before me, gesticulating and shouting to his men.


    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • That is why you are for ever sleeping, and why you loll and rest at all times.

    Roger the Bold

    F. S. Brereton

  • They loll on their mustangs, lazily worrying out the long hours.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas

    Richard Henry Savage

  • Make them a reproach, and all that pass by them to loll out their tongues at them!

    Library Notes

    A. P. Russell

British Dictionary definitions for loll



(intr) to lie, lean, or lounge in a lazy or relaxed manner
to hang or allow to hang loosely


an act or instance of lolling
Derived Formsloller, nounlolling, adjective

Word Origin for loll

C14: perhaps imitative; perhaps related to Middle Dutch lollen to doze
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Word Origin and History for loll

mid-14c., lollen "to lounge idly, hang loosely," perhaps related to Middle Dutch lollen "to doze, mumble," or somehow imitative of rocking or swinging. Specifically of the tongue from 1610s. Related: Lolled; lolling. As a noun, from 1709.

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