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[drool] /drul/
verb (used without object)
to water at the mouth, as in anticipation of food; salivate; drivel.
to show excessive pleasure or anticipation of pleasure.
to talk foolishly.
saliva running down from one's mouth; drivel.
Origin of drool
1795-1805; variant of driule, itself variant of drivel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I've heard Taylor drool about his pet guest—lady in black, strangled in attic by jealous husband.

    The Gray Mask Wadsworth Camp
  • The unfamiliar wetness at the corners of his mouth was drool.

    The Dictator Milton Lesser
  • Everybody does go batty that's high-brow and studies and all that drool.

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • And Maundering, Piffle and drool had long since cornered the romance market.

    The Voice in the Fog Harold MacGrath
  • drool, old boy, drool all you like if it makes a difference.

  • His imagination gave it life, so that the obscene lips smirked, and almost seemed to drool.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
  • Savory odors of cooking food wafted to his nostrils and made him drool.

    The Spell of the White Sturgeon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Stewards, three days out, are not in the habit of falling in love with their charges (Maundering and drool notwithstanding).

    The Voice in the Fog Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for drool


(intransitive) often foll by over. to show excessive enthusiasm (for) or pleasure (in); gloat (over)
verb, noun
another word for drivel (sense 1), drivel (sense 2), drivel (sense 4)
Word Origin
C19: probably alteration of drivel
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Word Origin and History for drool

1802, apparently a dialectal variant or contraction of drivel. Related: Drooled; drooling. The noun is from 1860s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for drool



  1. : It gives me sharp and shooting pains, to listen to such drool
  2. drip (1930s+)


To talk foolishly or stupidly; utter inanities (1900s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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drool in Technology

Dave's Recycled Object-Oriented Language. Language for writing adventure games. An updated implementation of AdvSys. multiple inheritance, garbage collection.
["Dave's Recycled OO Language", David Betz, Dr. Dobbs J, Oct 1993, pp.74-78].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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