verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of poll1
Origin of poll2
Examples from the Web for poll
Contemporary Examples of poll
But so-called jungle primaries are notoriously hard to predict or poll.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
And this is a poll, remember, not of Latinos, or of Cuban-Americans across the country.Rubio’s Embargo Anger Plays to the Past
December 19, 2014
In an Oct. 31 poll from Washington, 12 percent of women claimed they were undecided about Initiative 502.Women Are Leading the Way for Legalized Weed
December 4, 2014
Poll a bunch of random youths today, and nine out of ten will say they know the name Robert Downey Jr.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby
November 26, 2014
It was the kind of political illegality that Doar and his 500 poll watchers had been looking for.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
Historical Examples of poll
Unaware of his funeral, Timmins himself stood scratching his poll.Quaint Courtships
But somebody must have dealt you some hearty thwacks on the poll, my boy.In the Valley
The first time I ever see that boy,' said Poll, 'I charged him too much for a red-poll.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
When a politician reached the top of the poll he got £400 a year.
"It is as unfair to brand women with chastity as with unchastity," said Poll.Monday or Tuesday
- a canvassing of a representative sample of a large group of people on some question in order to determine the general opinion of the group
- the results or record of such a canvassing
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for poll
"head," early 14c., polle "hair of the head; piece of fur from the head of an animal," also "head," from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch pol "head, top." Sense extended early 14c. to "person, individual." Meaning "collection of votes" is first recorded 1620s, from notion of "counting heads;" meaning "survey of public opinion" is first recorded 1902. Poll tax, literally "head tax," is from 1690s. Literal use in English tends toward the part of the head where the hair grows.
"to cut, trim," late 14c., "to cut short the hair" (of an animal or person), from poll (n.). Of trees or plants from 1570s. Related: Polled; polling.
fem. proper name, short for Polly. Noted from 1620s as a parrot's name.