See more synonyms for loll on
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.
verb (used with object)
  1. to allow to hang, droop, or dangle.
noun Archaic.
  1. the act of lolling.
  2. 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 lolling

Historical Examples of lolling

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

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


    Joseph Conrad

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


    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


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



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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