\ ˈdrül How to pronounce drool (audio) \
drooled; drooling; drools

Definition of drool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to secrete saliva in anticipation of food The dog hears the bell and begins to drool.
b : to let saliva dribble from the mouth : drivel sense 2 a drooling baby
2 : to make an effusive show of pleasure or often envious or covetous appreciation drooling over their new car
3 : to talk nonsense

transitive verb

: to express sentimentally or effusively



Definition of drool (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : saliva trickling from the mouth wipe the drool from his chin

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Examples of drool in a Sentence

Verb the dog drooled when we put the steak down on the floor middle-aged men drooling over a starlet half their age Noun He wiped the drool from the baby's face. the only thing more pathetic than the pop psychologist who gushed such drool was the public that lapped it up
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Additionally, tear gas can cause a runny nose, difficulty swallowing, drooling, coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, rash and burns on the skin, nausea, vomiting, and a choking sensation, per the CDC. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "These Are the Effects of Tear Gas on the Human Body," 2 June 2020 Delicious treats that will have your dog drooling Your dog deserves the finer things in life. Christine Hayes, USA TODAY, "15 things every dog owner needs from Chewy," 13 Apr. 2020 Park it in your driveway and the neighbors will come out in droves, drooling and breathing heavy. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin DB11 AMR Answers to a Higher Power," 20 May 2020 Laken Litman: Clemson will win its second consecutive national championship behind another ridiculously impressive performance from QB Trevor Lawrence, who will once again have NFL scouts drooling over his size, speed, arm strength, hair, etc. The Si Staff, SI.com, "2019 College Football Crystal Ball: Playoff Picks, Darkhorse Predictions and More," 21 Aug. 2019 Cain: Because dogs snuggle, lick and drool on their human companions, their fur and saliva could be a source of coronavirus transmission. Chris Henry, USA TODAY, "Should kids go on playdates? Are playgrounds safe? Here's what pediatricians are saying.," 23 Mar. 2020 The decor is everything but bland—try not to drool while checking out these photos. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Couple Won a $30,000 Home Reno From Chili's and the Decor Is Spicy," 19 Dec. 2019 Drummond tossed down a thunderous one-handed alley-oop from Cedi Osman a few minutes later, flashing the bounce and size that had head coach John Beilein drooling ahead of Sunday’s matchup. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers suffer worst home loss in franchise history in Andre Drummond’s debut, lose to Clippers 133-92," 10 Feb. 2020 Bond investors drooling over the high yields on Virgin Trains’ debt offering don’t seem to have the same qualms. Washington Post, "Data Got You Confused? Wait for Earnings," 8 Apr. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These bandana-style bibs are built with several layers of fabric: breathable muslin on the outside, an absorbent terry inside and a waterproof lining to stop drool or milk from leaking through. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping's 2020 Parenting Awards," 24 Sep. 2020 Gruden’s mask hugged his chin for most of Monday night’s game, good for containing dribble and drool, not so much the aerosol droplets that spread COVID-19. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If 4-year-olds can wear masks, so can Jon Gruden, Sean Payton and other NFL coaches," 22 Sep. 2020 Students drool saliva into a sterile tube, and the contents are then examined with a polymerase chain reaction technique considered the gold standard for virus detection. Washington Post, "Welcome to college. Now get tested for the coronavirus — again and again.," 4 Sep. 2020 There are tears of joy and sadness, and the accompanying drool to match. Pete Croatto, Good Housekeeping, "Paying for Childcare During a Pandemic Puts Parents in an Impossible Position," 4 June 2020 The mere mention of them makes my pulse race, starts me salivating, makes my mouth water and drool. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "How to make the most of potatoes," 16 May 2020 Some dogs will panic, pace, drool, and tremble upon hearing the first crack of thunder or pop from a firework. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "Animals Matter: How to keep your dog and cat calm during 4th of July fireworks," 26 June 2020 During such moments of brain freeze, your correspondent’s dog has a habit of displaying a carousel of tricks, with streaks of drool flying across her ever-more desperate face. The Economist, "Home Entertainment The virtues of dog training in lockdown," 19 June 2020 The food menu included the drool-worthy Rancor burger, featuring a half-pound Angus beef patty topped with cheddar, bacon and a fried egg. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Beloved Oak Forest neighborhood pub permanently closes," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of drool


1802, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drool

Verb and Noun

perhaps alteration of drivel

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The first known use of drool was in 1802

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“Drool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drool. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce drool (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to let saliva flow out from the mouth
: to show admiration or desire for something in an exaggerated way



English Language Learners Definition of drool (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : saliva that drips from the mouth


\ ˈdrül How to pronounce drool (audio) \
drooled; drooling

Kids Definition of drool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to let saliva drip from the mouth



Kids Definition of drool (Entry 2 of 2)

: saliva that drips from the mouth
\ ˈdrül How to pronounce drool (audio) \

Medical Definition of drool

1 : to secrete saliva in anticipation of food
2 : to let saliva or some other substance flow from the mouth side effects included drowsiness and drooling

Other Words from drool

drool noun

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