doll

noun
\ 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

Synonyms

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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The latest marketing gimmick from her aunt/manager, Catherine (Susan Pourfar), is Ashley Too, an Alexa-like doll spouting positive affirmations, whose AI is supposedly imbued with Ashley O.'s actual personality. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Black Mirror is back for S5, but it might be running out of fresh ideas," 10 June 2019 My nose was Rudolph-crimson, my eyes puffy, and a splotch of scarlet bloomed in the middle of each cheek, like on a Russian nesting doll. Nadia Berenstein, SELF, "Holiday Parties Bring Out the Worst of My Rosacea," 19 Dec. 2018 Cramming heavy vehicles into giant airplanes gives these operations the feeling of a Russian nesting doll. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130J Super Hercules Is Ready for the Worst," 9 Oct. 2018 While no nonliving subject has won the award before, the doll certainly has deep roots in the world of style. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Barbie Will Be Honored at This Year’s CFDA Awards," 16 May 2019 Made by WowWee, the toy company that brought us Fingerlings, the dancing doll has a couple of other cool features, too. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The New Baby Shark Toy Will Dance Circles Around You," 19 Feb. 2019 In 2009, it was estimated that $3 billion in sales have been generated by the doll. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Barbie's Designer Got His Start Making Missiles," 7 Feb. 2019 The dolls are realistically animated, using the faces of real actors (including Merritt Weaver and Janelle Monáe) atop stiff, plasticine bodies. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Welcome to Marwen is Robert Zemeckis’ most revealing movie — and his worst," 20 Dec. 2018 The first Barbie doll, which Mattel co-founder Ruth Handler named after her own daughter, made its debut at the New York Toy Fair in 1959. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Mattel Plans Live-Action Barbie Film," 8 Jan. 2019

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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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The first known use of doll was circa 1700

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doll

noun

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

doll

noun
\ 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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