\ 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 1 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
2 : nonsense

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Examples of drool in a Sentence


the dog drooled when we put the steak down on the floor middle-aged men drooling over a starlet half their age


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

Watching the red-carpet lineup at the ESPYs was enough to get a committed girl in trouble (drooling usually doesn’t go over well with bae). Shalwah Evans, Essence, "The Men Of The ESPYs Reminded Us Of Just How Much We Love Black Men In Beards," 11 July 2019 The university, in response to the video, said the drooling dogs have Duchenne muscular dystrophy —a degenerative muscle disease that primarily affects young boys and results in the inability to stand and difficulty breathing. Dallas News, "Paul McCartney urges Texas A&M to end golden retriever experiments in muscular dystrophy research," 26 June 2019 At that point, a person can show symptoms like confusion, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, insomnia, drooling, difficulty swallowing and hydrophobia, fear of water. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Most rabies infections in the United States come from bats, CDC says," 12 June 2019 The combination of DeShields, Vandersloot and Quigley is something that any offensive-minded fan should drool over. Kellen Becoats, SI.com, "Chicago Suffers Another Loss to a Potential Contender as Sky Show Limit," 29 June 2019 Luxury real estate agents in the New York area might be drooling at the thought of the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks having well over $100 million in cap space to play with this summer. Tim Reynolds, orlandosentinel.com, "NBA shifts focus to free agency after draft dust settles," 23 June 2019 What Team Chris Is Saying: Laughing, crying, drooling. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "Welcome to March Dadness," 22 Mar. 2019 Another beautiful, delicious-smelling, drooling, yummy baby. Naria Halliwell, Redbook, ""My Third-Kid Obsession"," 24 Jan. 2012 There was a reason that coaches took a break from drooling to polish their résumés for the open Bucks job last summer. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "There’s a LeBron-Shaped Hole in Half of the NBA," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While perusing the isles at A Current Affair vintage event, I was inundated by drool-worthy, one-of-a-kind pieces. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "This Summer Bag Gets Endless Compliments, Here's Where You Can Snag One," 18 July 2019 Try to snag a table outside, on the Main Street pedestrian mall, and sample at least one of their drool-worthy pastries or breads. Los Angeles Times, "Four Hours: A beat-the-heat tour of historic Riverside and the Mission Inn," 15 July 2019 Look just past the stramp: There’s a curated collection of shoes that makes sneakerheads drool. Chris Lamorte, chicagotribune.com, "Where’s all the stuff? Step inside Notre, the West Loop shop that’s reinventing how you shop for menswear," 1 July 2019 By Rich Cohen Spiegel & Grau, 235 pages, $28 Writers, of course, drool for material this good, but among the virtues of the journalist Rich Cohen is his refusal to let the facts of a sensational story get in the way of the larger narrative. Rinker Buck, WSJ, "‘The Last Pirate of New York’ Review: New York’s Original Gangster," 28 June 2019 The microfiber towel side of the pillowcase absorbs the moisture from not only wet hair, but also sweat and drool. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "DryZzz Allows You To Sleep With Wet Hair Without The Damp Pillowcase," 30 Jan. 2019 Quinn Hughes The 5-foot-9, 168-pound, 18-year-old freshman at Michigan has the speed and skating skills that make teams drool. Paul Skrbina, chicagotribune.com, "Defensemen the Blackhawks might consider in the 2018 draft," 16 Feb. 2018 There’s lots for fashion- and cinephiles to drool over in the catalogue, a selection of which is shown above. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Catherine Deneuve Is Selling Her Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Couture at Christie’s in Paris—See the Highlights Here," 17 Jan. 2019 His complete game makes NBA scouts drool in his presence. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Few. The Proud. The Players Who Have Been Run Over by Zion Williamson.," 5 Dec. 2018

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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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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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