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drooled; drooling; drools

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to express sentimentally or effusively


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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Meal mixers help spice up boring old dog food, add a bit more nutrition and turn it into something your pet will drool over. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 1 Nov. 2022 Even cooler than the kid driving a brand-new BMW 3-series, and that person would also drool over this thing. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 12 Aug. 2022 Breakfast lovers will drool over this popular delicious jam trio including Blueberry Lemon Basil, Smoked Yellow Peach, and Strawberry Chipotle & Fig flavors. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 27 Apr. 2022 Tesla boasted a record operating profit margin of 19.2% for the quarter, a level virtually any automaker would drool at and at least comparable to the industry’s best performing brands like Porsche and Ferrari. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 Still, wagon enthusiasts are more likely to drool over the sporty Recharge T8 Polestar model that boasts a plug-in-hybrid powertrain with 415 horsepower and up to 22 miles of electric driving range. Car and Driver, 4 Feb. 2022 Her tiered pants, fishnet tights, beaded necklines and overflowing skirts are the stuff celebrities drool over. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 4 Feb. 2022 As people drool over the supercool trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s upcoming zombie film, The Dead Don’t Die, take the chance to acquaint yourself with his early work, starting with this 1984 breakthrough, starring John Lurie and Richard Edson. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2021 That was a huge start that just about any coach would drool over, but Gaters was frustrated. Jeff Vorva, chicagotribune.com, 1 Nov. 2021
The satin dresses during their dances are drool-worthy. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 22 Nov. 2022 This drool-worthy build sports the same responsive highback (but stiffened for 2023) and Duraflex baseplate as the Atlas. Drew Zieff, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 To capitalize on this trend, hotels are rolling out baby butlers and other perks targeted at those who still crawl, babble and drool. Debra Kamin, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2022 With a zero-to-60 time of just over 4 seconds, the DBX is really a dream machine to drive, ride in and drool about. Marc Grasso, Hartford Courant, 13 May 2022 Shop more drool-worthy bootie and boot deals at the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale below. Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2022 These bars don’t live up to the impressive lineup of other Skratch products, like their electrolyte mix and drool-worthy Green Tea Matcha and Lemon energy chews. Hannah Singleton, Outside Online, 7 Oct. 2022 The thumbnail image was my own fatherless child, drool dripping from his tiny mouth, with a set of messy eyebrows penciled onto his face. Nora Mcinerny, Time, 4 Oct. 2022 Gorski was a star in baseball and soccer in high school at Hamilton Southeastern, a kid with the kind of raw power that makes pitchers tremble and scouts drool. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 28 June 2022 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

perhaps alteration of drivel

First Known Use


1802, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of drool was in 1802

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Cite this Entry

“Drool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drool. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: to water at the mouth
: to let saliva or some other substance flow from the mouth : drivel

Medical Definition

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

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