ˈdäl How to pronounce doll (audio)
: a small-scale figure of a human being used especially as a child's plaything
: a pretty but often empty-headed young woman
: woman
: an attractive person
ˈdä-lish How to pronounce doll (audio)
dollishly adverb
dollishness noun

Examples of doll in a Sentence

My aunt collects porcelain dolls. there was a row of dolls along the shelf in the bedroom
Recent Examples on the Web Warning for anyone who had a fear of creepy dolls growing up: Annabelle probably isn't for you. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 8 Sep. 2023 Eventually, the teams switch to girls versus boys, with Monica and Ross getting more and more aggressive in their quest for the Geller Cup—which turns out to be a Troll doll nailed to a block of wood. House Beautiful, 7 Sep. 2023 Cyrus plays a pop star whose personality is cloned into a robotic doll. Zack Sharf, Variety, 6 Sep. 2023 Fueled by the killer doll’s frustration that performers only scare attendees, and his jealousy over other horror icons (whose fans obsess over their kill counts) getting their own houses, Chucky crashes HHN, possessing a collection of Good Guys dolls. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2023 Named Bratz x Kylie Fashion Dolls – Day and Night, the collection was released after her previous Bratz collaboration, the Mini Bratz x Kylie Collectibles, which saw the introduction of six miniature Kylie dolls. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 4 Sep. 2023 But there’s also MGA Entertainment, maker of Bratz dolls, in Van Nuys and Jakks Pacific, maker of Pokemon and Hello Kitty products, in Malibu, among others. Ronald D. White, Chicago Tribune, 1 Sep. 2023 The dolls’ distinctive look was defined by their arched eyebrows, bold eyeshadows, and full, glossy lips. Paige Hagy, Fortune, 30 Aug. 2023 Kylie Jenner's new line of dolls is helping with the resurgence. Arianna Bradford, Parents, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


probably from Doll, nickname for Dorothy

First Known Use

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of doll was circa 1700

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“Doll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ˈdäl How to pronounce doll (audio)
: a small figure of a human being used especially as a child's plaything
: a pretty young woman
: an attractive person

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