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doll

[dol] /dɒl/
noun
1.
a small figure representing a baby or other human being, especially for use as a child's toy.
2.
Slang.
  1. a pretty but expressionless or unintelligent woman.
  2. a girl or woman, especially one who is considered attractive.
  3. a boy or man who is considered attractive.
  4. (sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address, as to a child or romantic partner (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).
3.
Informal. a generous or helpful person:
You're a doll for lending me your car.
Verb phrases
4.
doll up, Informal. to dress in an elegant or ostentatiously stylish manner:
She got all dolled up for a trip to the opera.
Origin of doll
1550-1560
1550-60; generic use of Doll
Related forms
dollish, doll-like, adjective
dollishly, adverb
dollishness, noun

Doll

[dol] /dɒl/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Dorothy.
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  • He was powerful mad with me, but he seen that I meant like I said, so Lou can keep her doll.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • I couldn't be a doll, for men to look at and then tire of me.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • She caught her doll into her arms and met her companion's surprised gaze.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • "Come," he said, pleadingly, and of course the doll could not have gone alone.

  • "I should like to see him, and also the Monkey on a Stick," said the doll.

British Dictionary definitions for doll

doll

/dɒl/
noun
1.
a small model or dummy of a human being, used as a toy
2.
(slang) a pretty girl or woman of little intelligence: sometimes used as a term of address
Derived Forms
dollish, adjective
dollishly, adverb
dollishness, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from Doll, pet name for Dorothy
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Word Origin and History for doll
n.

1550s, 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 English: cf. Hal for Harold, Moll for Mary, Sally for Sarah, etc. Attested from 1640s 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."

v.

1867, "to pet, indulge," from doll (n.). Usually with up. Meaning "to dress up" is from 1906, American English. Related: Dolled; dolling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for doll

doll

noun

  1. (also dolly) A conventionally pretty and shapely young woman, esp a curly, blue-eyed blonde, whose function is to elevate the status of a male and to inspire general lust; babe, baby doll, bimbo: If a blonde girl doesn't talk we call her a doll/ the subservient dolly without a thought in her head (1860+)
  2. Any woman, esp an attractive one; babe, chick • Considered offensive by many women (1778+)
  3. A notably decent, pleasant, generous person; living doll: Isn't he a doll? (1950s+)
  4. An attractive boy or young man (1940s+)
  5. (also dolly) An amphetamine or barbiturate drug in pill or capsule form (1960s+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

china doll, living doll

Doll

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