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 lolled

Contemporary Examples of lolled

Historical Examples of lolled

  • Suddenly, Burke dropped the pistol into his pocket, and lolled back in his chair.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Facing me in the back seat, they lolled easily and smoked their cigars.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He lolled back with the luxury of an utterly saddle-weary man.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Sucatash, against the lamp-post, lolled negligently and rolled a cigarette.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • The breeze that lolled through the church had no right there.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

British Dictionary definitions for lolled



(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 lolled



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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