loll

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

Definition of loll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

loll

noun

Definition of loll (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic
: the act of lolling : a relaxed posture

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Other Words from loll

Verb

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

Synonyms for loll

Synonyms: Verb

droop, flag, hang, sag, swag, wilt

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Verb

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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One’s tongue lolls out; the other’s mouth is zippered shut. oregonlive.com, "How a petty fight in a wealthy neighborhood ended with a California home covered in giant emoji," 8 Aug. 2019 Then, following a thrilling afternoon dogsled ride, the sled dogs lolled in the mild sunshine, enjoying the cold of the fresh snow against their fur. Candice Yacono, Orange County Register, "Where is paradise? Right near Missoula, Montana," 29 July 2019 The islands boast one of the world’s largest breeding colonies for seabirds, including the rare ashy storm-petrel, and their beaches are covered with lolling sea lions and seals. Laura Newberry, latimes.com, "The U.S. wants to dump 1.5 tons of rat poison on the Farallon Islands. Biologists say it’s for the best," 7 July 2019 Though its tongue lolled out between its teeth, there was no audible panting. Han Kang, Harper's magazine, "White Out," 10 Feb. 2019 The entire day felt like that otter who got airtime on the Fox broadcast, rolling and lolling in the water in rarefied contentment. Chuck Culpepper, courant.com, "All these low scores a far cry from the norm at a Pebble Beach US Open," 14 June 2019 My son is one of the managers of a restaurant in what was once a cannery; a section of the floor is made of glass bricks so that customers can watch the sea lions lolling on the pilings below. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 The smallest one’s head is lolled back, its mouth slightly agape. Allyson Chiu, The Seattle Times, "‘I shot a whole family of baboons’: Idaho Fish and Game official faces fury after Africa trophy hunting boasts," 16 Oct. 2018 Frescobol Carioca Leblon Beach Bat Set Beachgoers tend to fall into two camps: those who want to be loll motionless on the sand for hours and those who prefer a solid roster of activities. Isaiah Freeman-schub, WSJ, "Senior Market Editor Isaiah Freeman-Schub’s Holiday Gift Guide: Man of the World," 12 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'loll.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of loll

Verb

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

Noun

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loll

Verb and Noun

Middle English

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loll

verb

English Language Learners Definition of loll

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

loll

verb
\ 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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