Definition of loll
- a dog with its tongue lolling out
- lolled his tongue out in contempt
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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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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.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
kill time, twiddle one's thumbs;
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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