\ ˈläl How to pronounce loll (audio) \
lolled; lolling; lolls

Definition of loll

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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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loller \ ˈlä-​lər How to pronounce loll (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for loll

Synonyms: Verb

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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

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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

Verb 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 The superiority of the wool, extra soft against your skin, goes beyond its feel: Its purveyors loll on landscapes where carbon-capturing practices are carried out, which aim to enhance the soil’s ability to take in more carbon from its surroundings. Star Tribune, "Beautiful Monday Ahead - Cool, Wet Start To August," 16 Aug. 2020 In late June, the cones haven’t yet dropped, but a few, the size of mangoes and faded from the sun, loll around beneath their trees. Leslie Pariseau, Saveur, "Journey to the Place Where Pesto Was Born," 18 Sep. 2017 Red elastic bands loll from pegs in the cinderblock like exhausted tongues. Adam Kuhlmann, Longreads, "Little League, Revisited," 15 Apr. 2020 Ten plump mussels lolled in a marinade with a red-siren glow that reminded me of Sichuan chile oil. Los Angeles Times, "A critic’s favorite hack for a quick meal at home," 4 Apr. 2020 That’s not to say that women don’t often do amazing things while men just loll about cluelessly and arrogantly. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Aeronauts Is Deflated by a Too-Simplistic Tale of Female Adventure," 6 Dec. 2019 Trump’s evangelical base long ago forgave Melania her lesbian nude modeling shoot, her lolling nude on a fake Oval Office rug, and her donning S&M garb, because all of it went to embellish Donald’s brand. Nina Burleigh, The New Republic, "Trump’s Women Are Trapped in a Cult of “Empowerment”," 13 Apr. 2020 In voyeuristic views of opulent Parisian interiors, lone musicians practice their instruments; naked women loll on patterned textiles and unhappy marriages and love affairs unfold. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "When He Was Good, He Was Breathtaking," 6 Jan. 2020 One lolls on the rocks; the other holds two dead kid goats., "PROVIDENCE — “Fertile Ground,” organized by independent curator Heather Darcy Bhandari at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery, spotlights three women of color who construct lush works about nature and the feminine.," 11 Oct. 2019

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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

Verb and Noun

Middle English

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English Language Learners Definition of loll

: to hang or bend loosely
: to lie or sit in a relaxed or lazy manner


\ ˈläl How to pronounce loll (audio) \
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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