\ 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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Just a day before, Mattel posted a group shot of all of the BTS dolls appearing to stand on stage. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BTS's RM Mattel Doll Features RM's Iconic Dimple," 20 Mar. 2019 Shoot the ten tiny Nessie dolls hidden around the map (in a specific order, no less) and a full-sized Nessie appears. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Hollow Knight gets a sequel, Neill Blomkamp makes a live-action Anthem trailer," 15 Feb. 2019 Enter Blume dolls, which are all of this rolled into a flower pot. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "We're Officially Calling Blume Dolls the Hottest Toy of 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 The 1-minute clip features everything from moving creepy dolls (that’s the stuff nightmares are made of y’all), Satanic garlands and cozy festive cheers from Brina and her aunts. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "The "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: a Midwinter's Tale" Trailer Is a Creepy Take on the Holiday Season," 5 Dec. 2018 For two women who grew up playing with paper dolls, not scrunchies and lip gloss, show-stopping beauty looks have nonetheless become a Rodarte signature. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Rodarte's Laura and Kate Mulleavy Talk Gender in Fashion, Floral Infatuations, and Their Dream Beauty Project," 14 Nov. 2018 According to @mrbyrkin, the movie will introduce some new heroes including a Hawaiian paper doll named Lulu. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Toy Story 4"," 13 Nov. 2018 One of my sisters would actually cut out paper dolls from the older catalogs and play for hours. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "‘Thank You, Sears, for Being There When No One Else Was’," 15 Oct. 2018 If anything, the choice to flatten Genevieve into a paper doll of a villain feels like a step backward. Constance Grady, Vox, "Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before might be the best teen romance of the decade," 19 Aug. 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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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