\ ˈdäl How to pronounce doll (audio) , ˈdȯl\

Definition of doll

1 : a small-scale figure of a human being used especially as a child's plaything
2a(1) : a pretty but often empty-headed young woman
(2) : woman
c : an attractive person

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Other Words from doll

dollish \ ˈdä-​lish How to pronounce dollish (audio) , ˈdȯ-​ \ adjective
dollishly adverb
dollishness noun

Synonyms for doll


action figure, dolly, poppet [Midland], puppet

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Examples of doll in a Sentence

My aunt collects porcelain dolls. there was a row of dolls along the shelf in the bedroom

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There have been cartwheels and stomp troupes and rollerblading barbie dolls. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Just Wait Until Fashion Designers Get Their Hands on This Black Hole Picture," 10 Apr. 2019 Atlantis's hair features a French braid sprayed green and an Ariel doll placed inside the top. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "The Internet Is Obsessed With This Little Girl’s Viral Little Mermaid Braid," 25 Mar. 2019 Exhibit showcases original work of diverse group of local fiber artists, mostly art quilters and mixed media fiber artists, but also weavers, doll-makers, rug hook artists, fabric dyeing artists, knitters and crocheters in art form. Luann Gibbs,, "Free and fun things to do this weekend in Cincinnati," 28 June 2018 Lind fans could buy Jenny Lind dolls, gloves, scarves, and handkerchiefs. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Help your child become attached to a security object such as a doll, blanket or teddy bear. Rachel Spector, Msw, miamiherald, "Here's how to chase away your child's scary dreams | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 The sculptor is back at it with a Putin doll, disguised in a MAGA hat. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: Explaining startup buzzwords, beer pizza and a Trump troll doll," 2 May 2018 At the market, every second shop brimmed with dream catchers, voodoo dolls, candles, animal skulls, and Santa Muerte statues. National Geographic, "Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade," 18 Apr. 2018 The most popular items so far are personalized toyboxes, martial arts belt holders, dolls, backpacks, and bookshelves. Sheila Vilvens,, "Fairfield High School grads find success in e-commerce with personalized gifts for kids, pets," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of doll

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for doll

probably from Doll, nickname for Dorothy

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doll's head


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English Language Learners Definition of doll

: a child's toy in the form of a baby or small person
chiefly US, informal : a kind and helpful person
informal + old-fashioned : a woman especially : an attractive woman


\ ˈdäl How to pronounce doll (audio) \

Kids Definition of doll

1 : a child's toy in the form of a baby or small person
2 : a kind or loveable person

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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