verb \ ˈläl \
|Updated on: 3 Aug 2018

Definition of loll

lolled; lolling; lolls
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.
: to let droop or dangle
  • lolled his tongue out in contempt


play \ˈlä-lər\ noun

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Examples of loll in a Sentence

  1. a dog with its tongue lolling out

  2. Her head was lolling to one side.

  3. She was lolling by the pool.

  4. He lolled about in his pajamas all day.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of loll

Middle English

Synonym Discussion of 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




Definition of loll

: the act of lolling : a relaxed posture

Origin and Etymology of loll

see 1loll

LOLL Defined for Kids


verb \ ˈläl \

Definition of loll for Students

lolled; lolling
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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