doll up

dolled up; dolling up; dolls up

Definition of doll up

transitive verb

1 : to dress elegantly or extravagantly
2 : to make more attractive (as by decorating)

intransitive verb

: to get dolled up

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Examples of doll up in a Sentence

if you were to doll up those Shaker-style rooms, you'd ruin their simple elegance got all dolled up for the party
Recent Examples on the Web The Facebook event page urges those attending to get all dolled up. Ed Masley, azcentral, "New Year's Eve live-music guide for Phoenix: Where to ring in 2020," 23 Dec. 2019 King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia led the way for a lavish dinner at Stockholm’s Royal Palace on Tuesday night, where the family got dolled up in their best formal wear — including sparkling tiaras. Stephanie Petit,, "See Princess Sofia of Sweden's Unexpected Green Leopard Print Dress — Complete with Tiara!," 13 Nov. 2019 The duo also got dolled up as Barbie and Ken for the Halloween extravaganza. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Halloween hosts: Anchors and TV personalities went all-out with their costumes this year," 31 Oct. 2019 For some drag queens, getting dolled up in wigs and makeup can make every day feel like Halloween. Joey Nolfi,, "Sharon Needles gets freaky with Frankenstein in throwback 'Monster Mash' music video," 11 Oct. 2019 The daughter of Kylie Jenner and rapper Travis Scott attended last night's celebrations with her beauty mogul mom, looking dolled up in a blush tulle dress accented with sheer panels and sequined detailing. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stormi Webster Was the Cutest Guest at Justin and Hailey Bieber's Wedding," 1 Oct. 2019 Isla Fisher Fisher was dolled up in Dior makeup by artist Sabrina Bedrani to go with her frosty Zuhair Murad Resort 2020 gown. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Stars Got Red Carpet Ready with Hair, Makeup and Manicures," 23 Sep. 2019 The vainest city honor belonged to the Big Apple where New Yorkers spend an average of 38 minutes dolling up. Johnny Diaz,, "You’re so vain South Florida, report says," 29 Aug. 2019 The same city already known for its quirky downtown murals wants to jazz up intersections and crosswalks in and around downtown, dolling up plain old pavement with playful designs to give Hollywood streets an artsy vibe. Susannah Bryan,, "These funky murals are for the streets. And maybe they’ll kick drivers into slow gear.," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of doll up

1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of doll up was in 1906

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doll up.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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dull or mediocre

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