\ ˈdäl, 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 , 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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To measure the tiny suits and gowns, the seamstresses often use doll dress patterns or Coke cans. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018 Hoping to find the right doll for a granddaughter, or perhaps a bicycle or skateboard to speed up your morning commute? Kathy Routliffe,, "Kenilworth Union Church rummage sale offers amazing maze of treasures," 13 July 2018 Boxy Girls are dolls that order their clothes on the internet. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The hot new holiday toy weds unboxing culture with Amazon culture.," 12 Oct. 2018 Black power, black love, exclusively black dolls, all of it. Tia Williams, Glamour, "Dear Black Moms, It's on Us to Dismantle What 'Good Hair' Means for Our Daughters," 24 Sep. 2018 Change your hair color, dye it again, be softer, be tougher, be a paper doll. New York Times, "Betty Gilpin: The First Time I Bought a Crumbling 1834 Farmhouse," 19 June 2018 And the third covers a Screen Actors Guild attempt to get stronger protections for actors’ eerie, doll-like digital selves. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Cybermom on the run: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 16 June 2018 Officers located the stroller and a baby doll, as well as a child nearby who had been playing with the items. Samantha Swindler,, "Stroller abandoned in street had only a doll inside: Forest Grove police log," 11 June 2018 What do matchstick houses, duct tape flower pens, clothespin dolls, seashells and origami have in common? Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 8 May 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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The first known use of doll was circa 1700

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English Language Learners Definition of doll

: a child's toy in the form of a baby or small person

: a kind and helpful person

: a woman; especially : an attractive woman


\ ˈdäl \

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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someone who never drinks alcohol

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