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[lol] /lɒl/
verb (used without object)
to recline or lean in a relaxed, lazy, or indolent manner; lounge:
to loll on a sofa.
to hang loosely; droop; dangle:
The dog stood in the heat with his tongue lolling out of his mouth.
verb (used with object)
to allow to hang, droop, or dangle.
noun, Archaic.
the act of lolling.
a person or thing that lolls.
Origin of loll
1300-50; Middle English lollen, lullen (perhaps imitative); compare Middle Dutch lollen doze, sit over the fire
Related forms
loller, noun
lollingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lolling
  • Instead of spending that time lolling about the lobby, ask your hotel if you can start using the facilities right away.
  • To this day, celebrities can be spotted lolling on its fine sands.
  • He and the dogs were a perfect addition, he admiring the sunset and the dogs lolling about casually.
  • We spent the first afternoon lolling about above a shallow reef, snorkeling, watching angelfish and puffer fish swim below us.
  • Note the great hump, the lolling mound of fat that sways with each step of the skinny legs.
  • Now here stood scores of them, with lolling tongues, begging for mercy.
  • He was probably lolling backstage, away from the action, licking his lips.
  • Enter the bubonic plague, represented by lolling corpses and scurrying rats.
  • The other guests, strangers all, lolling around us obtunded with tryptophan.
  • More and more cats were brought inside for good until only a few old fat ones were left lolling around on the deck.
British Dictionary definitions for lolling


(intransitive) to lie, lean, or lounge in a lazy or relaxed manner
to hang or allow to hang loosely
an act or instance of lolling
Derived Forms
loller, noun
lolling, adjective
Word Origin
C14: perhaps imitative; perhaps related to Middle Dutch lollen to doze
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Word Origin and History for lolling



mid-14c., lollen "to lounge idly, hang loosely," perhaps related to Middle Dutch lollen "to doze, mumble," or somehow imitative of rocking or swinging. Specifically of the tongue from 1610s. Related: Lolled; lolling. As a noun, from 1709.

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