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lolled; lolling; lolls

intransitive verb

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


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: the act of lolling : a relaxed posture

Did you know?

Loll has origins similar to another soothing verb, lull, which means "to cause to rest or sleep." Both probably originated as imitations of the soft sounds people make when resting or trying to soothe someone else to sleep. Loll shares synonyms with a number of l verbs, including loaf, lounge, and laze.

Choose the Right Synonym for loll

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Leave everything in the default settings, and the wagon will prioritize electric driving, lolling quietly down the road until juice runs low or the right pedal gets pushed in anger—a clever icon on the digital cluster's power gauge marks the point where more throttle will engage the engine. Andrew Krok, Car and Driver, 29 Aug. 2023 As the younger residents loll around naked in a field reading Harry Potter books, stretch out by the pond guzzling champagne or play tennis in their formal dinner wear, Oliver starts imagining that kind of idle high life for himself. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 For most of the warm part of the afternoon, the mercury lolled about in the middle or upper 80s. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 3 July 2023 Don’t overlook a sleeper of Bloomsdale spinach lolling in roasted garlic broth and glossed with brown butter. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2023 The big chunks of the easy-to-find gold that had been lolling around in rivers for millenniums were gone after the first years of the Gold Rush, and Marshall himself died penniless. Thomas Fuller Jim Wilson, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2023 The big chunks of the easy-to-find gold that had been lolling around in rivers for millenniums were gone after the first years of the gold rush, and Marshall died penniless. Thomas Fuller,, 22 Apr. 2023 Muscled men in hot pink shorts lolled on the lawn, applying sunscreen and body glitter. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Apr. 2023 There is also one magnificent, oversize papier-mâché sculpture of McAndrew lolling in a bubble bath. Vulture, 20 Mar. 2023
His old Dodge van brings provisions up the steep and bumpy dirt road to his cabin, about a mile from the marina, as eagles soar overhead and harbor and elephant seals loll on the beach. New York Times, 8 June 2021 The world’s tiniest monkeys, called pygmy marmosets, scamper over branches, and the world’s largest rodents, capybaras, loll along riverbanks. Manuela Andreoni Erin Schaff, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2023 The two take long walks in sumptuous gardens and loll around museums. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2022 Hope Vineyard or loll by the 60-foot-long swimming pool that opened just in time for summer. Sharon Boorstin, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 Fortunately, Americans can hike across a glacier, watch the sunrise from atop a volcano, loll in Atlantic or Pacific waves and roam fascinating back roads — and never leave our own country. Kerri Westenberg,, 28 Apr. 2021 But there's more to do on Giglio than just swim in the sea and loll on the rocks — though for many, that's plenty. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

Middle English

First Known Use


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


1709, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loll was in the 14th century


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Cite this Entry

“Loll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to hang or let hang loosely : droop
: to recline, lean, or move in a loose or lazy manner : lounge
loll around in the sun

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