One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small model of a human figure, typically one of a baby or girl, used as a child's toy.
puppet, marionette, figure, figurine, modelView synonyms
- ‘My daughter would also have liked the children's room, full of dolls dressed in hand-embroidered baby gowns and Victorian toys.’
- ‘Matchbox cars, dolls, and action figures all offer the opportunity for your child to learn visual discrimination.’
- ‘Our models are dolls, teddy bears and vintage mannequins poised for draping by fashion designers who play and train here.’
- ‘Research shows if a woman is given a baby or a doll to hold she is twice as likely to hold it on her left, rather than her right hand side.’
- ‘And do the pictures still show girls playing with dolls, boys with cars?’
- ‘There are toys for the girls: soft dolls and wicker houses.’
- ‘For example, people dance, play musical instruments, act in plays, and play with dolls and model trains.’
- ‘Girls dressed the dolls and put them in prams, beds or cradles which were often handed down from one generation to the next.’
- ‘The kit consists of dolls, glove puppets and models, including a garage, designed to encourage interaction.’
- ‘The main categories of toys exported are soft toys, dolls, plastic toys, educational toys, electronic and mechanical toys and games and puzzles.’
- ‘Baby dolls are the must-have for many little girls this Christmas.’
- ‘Their hair is cut so the boys look like porcupines and the girls like china dolls.’
- ‘In the second session, children were exposed to art works such as art from waste, clay modelling, making Papier-mache dolls and pot painting.’
- ‘But here we are talking about things like boys playing with dolls and girls playing with trucks.’
- ‘There are so many dolls and soft toys in need of names.’
- ‘As well, both the dolls and the human models are masked.’
- ‘But he's no mere gatherer of porcelain dolls, ship-in-bottle models or hockey cards.’
- ‘Toy makers now have to compete with an explosion of video games, interactive dolls, action figures and gadgets that appear to come alive when hooked up to a television set.’
- ‘Toys, including dolls and teddy bears, were stored in boxes and there were several trophies, some crayons and a child's cough medicine on the mantelpiece nearby.’
- ‘A baby in not a doll, neither should it be treated as one.’
- 1.1North American informal An attractive young woman, often with connotations of unintelligence and frivolity.
- 1.2North American informal A generous or considerate person.‘would you be a doll and set the table?’
- ‘For seventeen years she had been nothing but a doll, following her father's orders.’
- ‘Oh, and be a doll, and leave me a review.’
- ‘Karen was, and is, a doll and her friends were great.’
verb[WITH OBJECT]doll someone up
Dress someone or oneself smartly and attractively.‘I got all dolled up for a party’
dress up, dress smartly, dress attractivelyView synonyms
- ‘The girls were up before me already getting all dolled up for the big day.’
- ‘I get dressed, get all dolled up in my black shirt and blue jeans.’
- ‘She's the kind of girl that will always be beautiful whether dolled up in a dress or wearing a paper bag.’
- ‘With Gladiator he's put Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix on the map by dolling them up in pleated skirts and throwing them into a pit.’
- ‘Some people get all dolled up and that's fine but I rarely feel like dressing up.’
- ‘Get on your fanciest dress and get all dolled up!’
Mid 16th century (denoting a mistress): pet form of the given name Dorothy. The sense ‘small model of a human figure’ dates from the late 17th century.
A temporary barrier on a racetrack.
Place a barrier in front of (a jump or other part of the track that is to be omitted from a race)‘staff incorrectly dolled off a fence at the meeting’
- ‘His vision obscured, only at the last minute did he spot that the fence had been dolled off because it was damaged.’
- ‘The last fence was dolled off.’
- ‘The local stewards threw out the winner for going the wrong way round the final flight which had been dolled off.’
- ‘I couldn't use the one good rein, and it was dolled off on the inside all the way round at the fences.’
- ‘The incident followed on from a similar episode where the first five home were thrown out after taking the incorrect course after three fences in the home straight were dolled off due to the low sun.’
1940s: perhaps a variant of archaic dool ‘boundary marker’.
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