a small figure representing a baby or other human being, especially for use as a child's toy.
a pretty but expressionless or unintelligent woman.
a girl or woman, especially one who is considered attractive.
a boy or man who is considered attractive.
( sometimes initial capital letter ) an affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).
Informal.a generous or helpful person: You're a doll for lending me your car.
doll up, Informal.to dress in an elegant or ostentatiously stylish manner: She got all dolled up for a trip to the opera.
1560, endearing name for a female pet or a mistress; originally a familiar form of fem. proper name Dorothy (q.v.). The -l- for -r- substitution in nicknames is common in Eng.: cf. Hal for Harold, Moll for Mary, Sally for Sarah, etc. Attested from 1648 as colloquial for
"slattern;" sense of "child's toy baby" is c.1700. Transferred back to living beings 1778 in sense of "pretty, silly woman" dolled up is Amer.Eng. 1906. Doll's house first recorded 1783.