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loll

[lol]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to recline or lean in a relaxed, lazy, or indolent manner; lounge: to loll on a sofa.
  2. to hang loosely; droop; dangle: The dog stood in the heat with his tongue lolling out of his mouth.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to allow to hang, droop, or dangle.
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noun Archaic.
  1. the act of lolling.
  2. a person or thing that lolls.
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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
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Examples from the Web for lolling

Historical Examples

  • But what latent speed and power lay hidden in that mass of lolling tuna.

    Tales of Fishes

    Zane Grey

  • “This was yesterday,” added Marlow, lolling in the armchair lazily.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • “This was yesterday,” added Marlow, lolling in the arm-chair lazily.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • She was lolling on her carpet as I entered, with her attendants around her.

  • He hurried to the negro owner, who was lolling on the verandah.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler


British Dictionary definitions for lolling

loll

verb
  1. (intr) to lie, lean, or lounge in a lazy or relaxed manner
  2. to hang or allow to hang loosely
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noun
  1. an act or instance of lolling
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Derived Formsloller, nounlolling, adjective

Word Origin

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

loll

v.

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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