\ 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 loller (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 Barely cooked California spot prawns lolling about in a verdant green spring gazpacho was delicious on its own but transcendent alongside a salty, floral albariño from Monterey, California. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "The Wine Pairing That Changed the Way I Think About Wine Pairings," 3 Jan. 2020 Students who warrant a suspension should report to all-day detention and given help with academics, chores around the school and time for contemplation, not sent home to loll around and play video games or loiter in the community. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Give detention and help to students who merit suspension," 19 Sep. 2019 On the dance floor, guests ingest opium with lolling tongues, then variously pop their booties and walk a quadrille. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "“Dickinson,” from Apple TV+, Is Deeply Weird and Dazzles Gradually," 31 Oct. 2019 Other instructors, including a doctor and a nurse, lolled on a higher ice crest in the sun. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 Since 1994 Bob Staake, who decided to idly loll around after emergency surgery last week to get a new aortic valve. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1355: The inside word — our ‘air quotes’ contest," 24 Oct. 2019 Three amiably bored children, between five and eight years old, loll around for lack of baby-sitters. The Economist, "Russia’s Chukotka and America’s Alaska are an era apart," 17 Oct. 2019 Children kick balls around, and a few scrawny dogs loll in the shade. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 The park is divided into a section for small dogs – where Lola and Benny lolled along with two Chihuahuas in coordinated outfits — one in a pink tutu, the other in a blue-striped sweater with a matching design — and a larger area for large dogs. Johanna Seltz,, "Lola, Benny, and the gang romp at new Abington Dog Park," 15 Aug. 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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19 Jan 2020

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“Loll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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