rag doll


: a stuffed usually painted cloth doll
ˈrag-ˌdäl How to pronounce rag doll (audio)
or ragdoll [former trademark] : any of a breed of large, blue-eyed domestic cats that have a long, silky coat with a colorpoint pattern and that typically become limp when picked up or held

Examples of rag doll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s when a new, horrific mayhem begins, with the creatures wreaking havoc, tossing cars like rag dolls and snatching screaming, unsuspecting citizens. Dan Heching, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 But inside her mind, surreal and vivid images intrude on her thoughts — her body hanging like a rag doll from the hook of a crane, lying on a forest floor covered in insects, twisted among driftwood on a beach. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 Catherine O'Hara pulls double duty as the blue-skinned, Frankenstein-esque rag doll Sally and the crafty trick-or-treater Shock. Alexia Fernández, Peoplemag, 27 Oct. 2023 Most years, Santa delivered a rag doll her mother handcrafted. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 11 Oct. 2023 Catherine O'Hara as Sally O'Hara voices Sally, Jack's love interest and a stitched rag doll creation of Dr. Finkelstein. Alexia Fernández, Peoplemag, 27 Oct. 2023 Butkus would hit runners high, wrap them up and drive them to the ground like a rag doll. Andrew Seligman, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2023 This might sound weird, but the ragdoll effects when your rider falls off the bike are also much better than before. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 Morris in 2019 tossed Bertans to the court like a ragdoll and Bertans called Morris a name. Dallas News, 8 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rag doll was in 1752

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“Rag doll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rag%20doll. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

rag doll

: a cloth doll that is stuffed and usually painted

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