dolled up

doll

[dol]
noun
1.
a small figure representing a baby or other human being, especially for use as a child's toy.
2.
Slang.
a.
a pretty but expressionless or unintelligent woman.
b.
a girl or woman, especially one who is considered attractive.
c.
a boy or man who is considered attractive.
d.
(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:
1550–60; generic use of Doll

dollish, doll-like, adjective
dollishly, adverb
dollishness, noun
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doll (dɒl)
 
n
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
 
[C16: probably from Doll, pet name for Dorothy]
 
'dollish
 
adj
 
'dollishly
 
adv
 
'dollishness
 
n

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doll
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.
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doll definition


  1. n.
    a pretty girl or woman. : Who's the doll I saw you with last night?
  2. n.
    a pill. (Drugs. Usually plural.) : Taking dolls is different from shooting up.
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Idioms & Phrases

dolled up

Also, all dolled up. Dressed or fixed up smartly and, often, ostentatiously, usually for a special occasion. For example, There's no need to get all dolled upit's just a picnic, or They dolled up the classroom for parents' night. This expression alludes to a person or object being as attractive as a pretty doll. It is also put verbally, to doll up, as in I wanted to doll up my apartment before the guests arrived. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see gussied up.

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