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lolled; lolling; lolls

intransitive verb

: to hang loosely or laxly : droop
a dog with its tongue lolling out
: 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
loller noun


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: the act of lolling : a relaxed posture

Did you know?

Loll has origins similar to another soothing verb, lull, which means "to cause to rest or sleep." Both probably originated as imitations of the soft sounds people make when resting or trying to soothe someone else to sleep. Loll shares synonyms with a number of l verbs, including loaf, lounge, and laze.

Choose the Right Synonym for loll

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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Mid-August was always my favorite part of summer: still time to loll in the relaxing heat of the season with the sweet anticipation of a new season waiting in the wings. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Visitors to Gary’s Marquette Park will soon have more to do than just loll around at the beach and gaze at the Chicago skyline. Carole Carlson,, 17 June 2021 The community takes particular pride in its Town Green, the scene of summer concerts and kids’ movies, where families loll on the grass with picnic baskets and bottles of wine. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021 Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politics Outside the castle, international journalists jostle for space, police ensure mask-wearing crowds maintain social distance and children loll beside their parents. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2021 The superiority of the wool, extra soft against your skin, goes beyond its feel: Its purveyors loll on landscapes where carbon-capturing practices are carried out, which aim to enhance the soil’s ability to take in more carbon from its surroundings. Star Tribune, 16 Aug. 2020 In late June, the cones haven’t yet dropped, but a few, the size of mangoes and faded from the sun, loll around beneath their trees. Leslie Pariseau, Saveur, 18 Sep. 2017 Red elastic bands loll from pegs in the cinderblock like exhausted tongues. Adam Kuhlmann, Longreads, 15 Apr. 2020 Ten plump mussels lolled in a marinade with a red-siren glow that reminded me of Sichuan chile oil. Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

Middle English

First Known Use


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


1709, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loll was in the 14th century


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Cite this Entry

“Loll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to hang or let hang loosely : droop
: to recline, lean, or move in a loose or lazy manner : lounge
loll around in the sun

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