\ˈläl \
lolled; lolling; lolls

Definition of loll 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to hang loosely or laxly : droop a dog with its tongue lolling out

2 : to act or move in a lax, lazy, or indolent manner : lounge He lolled around in his pajamas all day.

transitive verb

: to let droop or dangle lolled his tongue out in contempt



Definition of loll (Entry 2 of 2)


: the act of lolling : a relaxed posture

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Other Words from loll


loller \ ˈlä-​lər \ noun

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idle, loaf, lounge, loll, laze mean to spend time doing nothing. idle may be used in reference to persons that move lazily or without purpose. idled the day away loaf suggests either resting or wandering about as though there were nothing to do. she does her work and then loafs the rest of the day lounge, though occasionally used as equal to idle or loaf, typically conveys an additional implication of resting or reclining against a support or of physical comfort and ease in relaxation. he lounged against the wall loll also carries an implication of a posture similar to that of lounge, but places greater stress upon an indolent or relaxed attitude. lolling on the couch laze usually implies the relaxation of a busy person enjoying a vacation or moments of leisure. lazed about between appointments

Did You Know?

Loll has origins similar to those of another soothing verb, lull, which means "to cause to rest or sleep." Both words can be traced back to 14th-century Middle English and probably originated as imitations of the soft sounds people make when resting or trying to soothe someone else to sleep. Loll has also been used in English as a noun meaning "the act of lolling" or "a relaxed posture," but that use is now considered archaic. In its "recline" or "lean" sense, loll shares synonyms with a number of "l" verbs, including loaf, lounge, and laze.

Examples of loll in a Sentence


a dog with its tongue lolling out Her head was lolling to one side. She was lolling by the pool. He lolled about in his pajamas all day.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Its head lolls onto her chest, breath whistling through its teeth. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, "Orange World," 4 June 2017 Her natural beauty is not so much upstaged as complemented by the gorgeousness of St.-Tropez itself, which lolls across the hills behind her, caressed by impossibly blue water and gentle wind. New York Times, "Beautiful People in European Villas: a Film Genre of Its Own," 15 May 2018 Hough recorded video of the bear lolling in the unheated hot tub with the jets on. CBS News, "Bear takes dip in California hot tub, drinks margarita," 3 July 2018 Hough recorded video of the bear lolling in the unheated hot tub with the jets on. Alina Hartounian,, "Margarita-loving bear takes a dip in a California hot tub," 3 July 2018 My dog perks up in the passenger seat, tongue lolling out of her mouth, head cocked. Tyler Malone,, "The road taken by Robert Frost through New England," 29 June 2018 These assembled gazillionaires gently lolled on swings sipping cups of Champagne handed out by actors dressed as nuns or monks. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana’s Como Chameleons: Naomi Campbell, Halima Aden, and Maye Musk Model Alta Moda in Italy," 6 July 2018 For $13 million, Rudin turned a former loading dock for the hospital into a park lined with grassy mounds and lampposts, where visitors loll on stone steps. New York Times, "New Parks Sprout Around New York," 8 June 2018 Dogs in the annual competition flaunt their imperfections — some have hairless bodies, others have lolling tongues. NBC News, "English bulldog Zsa Zsa wins World's Ugliest Dog title," 24 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'loll.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of loll


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loll


Middle English


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\ˈläl \
lolled; lolling

Kids Definition of loll

1 : to hang loosely : droop Ginny's head lolled hopelessly from side to side.— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets

2 : to lie around lazily We lolled by the pool.

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