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doll

doll

 
pronunciation:
dal
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb & intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a small figure, often made of plastic or cloth, of a baby, child, or other person, used esp. as a child's toy.
 
definition 2: (informal) a person regarded with fondness, affection, or gratitude; sweetheart.
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: dolled, dolling, dolls
definition: (informal) to dress in a smart or showy manner as for a special event (usu. fol. by up).
derivations: dollish (adj.), dollishly (adv.)
Word History
Doll, a shortened form of the name Dorothy, came to be used as a general term of affection for a person or female pet in the 1500s. By the 1700s, "doll" was used for a child's toy.
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