\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

b : darling, sweetheart

c : an attractive person

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Other Words from doll

dollish \ˈdä-lish, ˈdȯ- \ adjective
dollishly adverb
dollishness noun

Synonyms for doll


cutie (or cutey), dish, fox, knockout, looker

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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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These nesting dolls serve as an iconic symbol of Russian culture and tradition. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Russians in Houston have diverse views on international affairs," 8 July 2018 Soon, Katherine and her younger brother Joseph were making a diorama out of a pizza box, using tiny dolls to represent an African family living in a hut. Kathy Boccella,, "Downingtown girl who raised millions for malaria nets treated as hero in Taiwan," 30 June 2018 Responding officers, thankfully, discovered a child's doll on the freeway shoulder instead. Andrew Theen,, "That baby you saw on I-205? It was a child's doll," 24 May 2018 Users who already own dolls can upgrade by ordering a head à la carte. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Are We Ready for Robot Sex?," 13 May 2018 There’s something about these dolls that still captures their imagination. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Can Barbie Really Have It All?," 1 May 2018 Hasbro, for example, has more than 60 brands, from Baby Alive dolls to Battleship war games. Carol Matlack,, "The Long, Slow Demise of My Little Pony and Yoda," 29 Mar. 2018 One day in 2003, an enterprising Iraqi began selling Saddam dolls in full military uniform, which danced to pop music when switched on. Time, "This Iraqi Doctor Says He Has the Rope That Hanged Saddam Hussein. Here’s Why He’s Keeping It," 20 Mar. 2018 Ellen sent Macey and her sort of cute but also creepy President Bush ventriloquist doll to the George W. Bush Library in Dallas, Texas, where another surprise was in store: George W. Bush himself! Diana Bruk, Country Living, "Macey Meeting President Bush Is The Most Satisfying Thing You Will Ever See," 4 May 2016

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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

: a kind and helpful person

: a woman; especially : an attractive woman


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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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