rag doll

noun

Definition of rag doll

1 : a stuffed usually painted cloth doll
2 Ragdoll \ ˈrag-​ˌdäl How to pronounce Ragdoll (audio) , -​ˌdȯl \ 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 Puppets, giant rag dolls, primary colors, skull masks, the juxtaposition of elongated and squat figures, expressionistically bold makeup and glacial movement conjure a fairy-tale nightmare. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Nearly 100, the Salzburg Festival Doesn’t Wait to Celebrate," 16 Aug. 2019 But, before the ball arrived, the Rams’ cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman tossed Lewis aside like a rag doll. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Seven Turning Points from the Year in Sports," 18 Dec. 2019 Will rag doll Eleanor, who lives at the North Pole with Santa and Co., get her wish for a home all her own? Web Behrens, chicagotribune.com, "15 things to do in the Chicago area with the kids Nov. 18-24," 17 Nov. 2019 Dear Readers: Meet Nancy L.’s Polly, in Simi Valley, Calif. Polly’s a 5-year-old rag doll, and a beautiful, wonderful kitty. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: A teacher’s pet?," 16 Nov. 2019 In the photograph, the divers hurtle like rag dolls toward the water below. Anika Burgess, New York Times, "Every Photo Tells a Story. His Spoke Volumes.," 6 Nov. 2019 Suh harassed and chased Texas quarterback Colt McCoy all game long, at times slinging him around like a rag doll. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "The Greatest Individual Seasons in College Football History," 12 Aug. 2019 Its lead character was Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), a cowboy rag doll manufactured in the 1950s, and there weren’t many children playing with those in 1995. N.b., The Economist, "“Toy Story 4” is another enjoyable, nostalgic adventure," 21 June 2019 Woody’s signature rag doll slapstick comedy is in full swing, from the cowboy flailing atop an angry cat running in circles, to getting his face stepped on by Bonnie’s dad, to flinging his limbs every which way to keep Forky in check. Kelsea Stahler, refinery29.com, "Toy Story 4 Isn't Perfect, But It Will Fork Its Way Right Into Your Heart," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of rag doll

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2020

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“Rag doll.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rag%20doll. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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rag doll

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rag doll

: a soft doll made of cloth

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