Word of the Day Archive
Friday October 21, 2011
1. To recline or lean in a relaxed, lazy, or indolent manner; lounge.
2. To hang loosely; droop; dangle.
3. To allow to hang, droop, or dangle.
1. The act of lolling.
2. A person or thing that lolls.
Smoking-room chairs exist to be lolled in. In a well-made modern armchair you cannot do anything but loll. Now, lolling is neither dignified nor respectful.
-- Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays
Then he begins to loll—for a person who can consent to loaf his useless life away in ignominious indolence has not the energy to sit up straight.
-- Mark Twain, Sketches New and Old
Loll is derived from the Middle English lollen, lullen which compares to the Middle Dutch lollen meaning to doze, sit over the fire.