\ 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
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

Symptoms usually arise anywhere from 15 minutes to several days after exposure and include diarrhea or vomiting, weakness or staggering, drooling, difficulty breathing and convulsions or seizures, the EPA reports. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Dog-killing toxic algae discovered in 3 New York City parks," 26 Aug. 2019 Playing the most key passes, recording the most dribbles, making the most overall passes, having more touches than anyone, covering the most ground and ranking second for pass accuracy, Gunners fans were naturally left drooling. SI.com, "Dani Ceballos: Twitter Reacts as Loanee Delivers Brilliant Performance in 2-1 Burnley Win," 18 Aug. 2019 Call your vet immediately if your pet has been around an algae bloom and shows symptoms such as vomiting, staggering, drooling, and convulsions. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Dog owners asked to avoid lakes and ponds where harmful blue-green algae blooms could be present," 14 Aug. 2019 Last year’s victor was an English bulldog named Zsa Zsa, who endeared herself to the judges by sneezing and drooling on them. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A very good boy named Scamp the Tramp wins World's Ugliest Dog 2019," 24 June 2019 Welcome to the dog days of summer, so named not because hounds are drooling and panting but because this is the time of year when the Dog Star, a.k.a. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: This car-free Maine island is a Wyeth painting come to life," 1 Aug. 2019 News of the additional icons in the upcoming games has left many fans drooling with excitement over the possibility of playing with some of their heroes in the most authentic game around. SI.com, "FIFA 20 Ultimate Edition: Zinedine Zidane Revealed as Cover Star With All-New Icon Card," 30 July 2019 With flavors ranging from the ooey-gooey goodness of German chocolate cake to the bright sprinkles on a birthday cake s’more, these desserts are bound to leave your followers drooling. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Move over, Tie Dye Frappucino. These 10 drinks and desserts in metro Phoenix were made for Instagram," 12 July 2019 Fresh off the heels of its covetable Paloma Contreras collection, Williams Sonoma has just unveiled yet another collaboration that's sure to have everyone drooling. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Set Your Table With Schumacher's Most Iconic Patterns," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Read on to find out the top 10 drool-worthy spots in college football. Joan Niesen And Laken Litman, SI.com, "The Greatest College Town Eats," 12 Aug. 2019 The YouTuber and Instagram star shared the big news last night, with drool-worthy photo evidence to prove it. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "NikkieTutorials Got Engaged and the Ring is So Freaking Cool," 7 Aug. 2019 Donald Drapkin, the late deal-making hedge fund manager and a close associate of financier Ron Perelman, had a mansion to make a billionaire drool. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "Bringing High-End Homes Back From the Brink," 12 June 2019 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

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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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