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drool

[drool] /drul/
verb (used without object)
1.
to water at the mouth, as in anticipation of food; salivate; drivel.
2.
to show excessive pleasure or anticipation of pleasure.
3.
to talk foolishly.
noun
4.
saliva running down from one's mouth; drivel.
Origin of drool
1795-1805
1795-1805; variant of driule, itself variant of drivel
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  • Both of them stared into that opening, drooling a little, the same eagerness in their pose as they had displayed when hunting.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • It doesn't sound natural, but you certainly seem to know what you're drooling about.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Then I'll get him to make me a real assistant in the drooling ward, with forty dollars a month and my board.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • Harkaman was drooling over the mass of historical material he had found.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • The terrible sound shook the cabin, but Tara still made no movement, except now to swing his head with open, drooling jaws.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone James Oliver Curwood
  • Belchy's ogle had been of the straightforward, loose-lipped, drooling variety.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • They pitted one group against another dangling carrots aplenty in front of the drooling vassals.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • It was the thought of ending my days as a drooling, mewling infant—or worse!

    A Feast of Demons William Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for drooling

drool

/druːl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by over. to show excessive enthusiasm (for) or pleasure (in); gloat (over)
verb, noun
2.
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 drooling

drool

v.

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 drooling

drool

noun

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

verb

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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