doll up


dolled up; dolling up; dolls up

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to get dolled up

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 Wearing a look inspired by Barbie herself, Margot Robbie dolls up at this year's Gotham Awards on Nov. 27 in N.Y.C. 43 of 80 Night to Remember Bradley Cooper waves to onlookers outside of the 2023 Gotham Awards in New York City on Nov. 27. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 30 Nov. 2023 To further doll up your kitchen, Hilton’s main cutlery set features eight luxuriously golden knives with soft pink handles and gold accents. Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2023 Not everyone is thrilled by Dancoisne-Martineau's efforts to doll up the sites however. Julia Buckley, CNN, 5 May 2021 To doll up that campfire treat, Dieguez recommended adding a strawberry or roasting some sugary marshmallow Peeps. René A. Guzman,, 11 May 2020 Pushing her to get dolled up daily just isn’t going to win you any points right now. Author: Wayne and Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2020 Even fries are special at Attagirl, thin and crisp and dolled up with garlic-thyme butter and herbs or just dusted with salt and pepper. Mike Sutter,, 27 Feb. 2020 Tarte Cosmetics: Get dolled up with up to 70% off marked down makeup with promo code SALE. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, 27 Dec. 2019 The vainest city honor belonged to the Big Apple where New Yorkers spend an average of 38 minutes dolling up. Johnny Diaz,, 29 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of doll up was in 1906

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Cite this Entry

“Doll up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

doll up

: to dress in fine stylish clothing
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