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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
Historical Examples
  • It is not lolling with a pipe in his mouth that the British constable guards an important prisoner.

    The Smuggler's Cave George A. Birmingham
  • He sat up on his haunches listening with interest and lolling his tongue!

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • The little donkey-boy, lolling down the road, started to follow him, crying out for alms in the name of Allah.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows Mary Hastings Bradley
  • The Wildcat's jaw sagged open as far as the roots of his lolling tongue.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • When you read this, will Clown still be going on lolling his tongue out of his mouth, and saying, “How are you to-morrow?”

    Some Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Very slowly the lolling sun was returning to life and power.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • On one is carved a man's head with swollen face, another with a lolling tongue, and similar grotesques.

    Denmark M. Pearson Thomson
  • One was on a bench shelling peas and the other was lolling in a hammock.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • They were lolling idly and merely waiting for the hour to strike to go in and prepare for tea.

    A Gallant Grenadier F.S. Brereton
  • But what latent speed and power lay hidden in that mass of lolling tuna.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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