rag doll

noun

Definition of rag doll 

1 : a stuffed usually painted cloth doll

2 Ragdoll \ ˈrag-​ˌdäl , -​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

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In the 16th and 17th centuries, French and Spanish sailors were given life-sized rag dolls, called dames de voyage, to get them through their long sea journeys. Waldemar Januszczak, A-LIST, "Kate Moss: The Golden Girl," 1 July 2018 Doro watched in shock as the rock sent his friend tumbling down the mountain like a rag doll. The Atlantic, "Is Social Media Luring Hikers Into 'Death Gully'?," 17 May 2018 On weekends all month, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Prospect Park Alliance invites children to visit the house to card wool, spin yarn and make rag dolls. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "8 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018 Without actuators, robots would crumple like rag dolls. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Robots," 17 May 2018 Ogbonnia has a lightning first step and is exceptional at rag dolling blockers and finding the ball. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Scouting the 2018 NFL Draft, position by position," 24 Apr. 2018 The rag doll on the mantelpiece is supposed to fly, or maybe jump, to the chandelier. NOLA.com, "New Orleans ghost stories: Our favorite 'haunted' house stories from the NOLA.com home and garden archive," 30 Oct. 2017 Knowing his job as a blocker wasn’t finished, Neuville tossed Nebraska cornerback Chris Jones to the turf like a rag doll. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW's Zander Neuville enjoyed a block party in victory over Nebraska," 11 Oct. 2017 Donald was a constant presence in the backfield, once tackling Eddie Lacy for a four-yard loss that made the 5-foot-11, 250-pound running back appear more like a rag doll. Lindsey Thiry, latimes.com, "Rams' run defense makes strides, but it's not enough against Seahawks," 8 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of rag doll

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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rag doll

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rag doll

: a soft doll made of cloth

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