Definition of drool in US English:



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  • 1Drop saliva uncontrollably from the mouth.

    ‘the baby begins to drool, then to cough’
    • ‘That's the kind of number that gets fiscal conservatives foaming at the mouth and makes democrats drool.’
    • ‘He was drooling slightly, out of the corner of his cavernous mouth, and as a result looked rather stupid.’
    • ‘When Cordelia puts some of the stuff in her mouth, she rolls it around in her mouth, looks terrified, and drools uncontrollably.’
    • ‘Meanwhile he barred his teeth and began to drool.’
    • ‘It also helped that she hadn't began drooling over him the minute he walked in the door.’
    • ‘She stirred and then opened her mouth and began to drool.’
    • ‘When she can't take any more, she puffs out her baby cheeks and drools on his sleeve.’
    • ‘She began to drool mentally, about to devour it right at the moment.’
    • ‘The dog was drooling at the mouth and a lady with a small child went into the road to avoid walking near it.’
    • ‘In the end the sound of the bell alone was enough to bring about a behavioural response - the dog began drooling.’
    • ‘Let's just say that I'd be drooling if my mouth wasn't so full of dust.’
    • ‘His mouth drooled at the sound of food and she kissed him on the head.’
    • ‘The baby drooled happily in response to a sudden breeze.’
    • ‘All our mouths dropped, and began to drool, I know Jesse did.’
    • ‘Babies start drooling now, but the first teeth do not usually appear until six or eight months of age.’
    • ‘Her jaw dropped and she was floored, beginning to drool already.’
    • ‘Connie pulled open the various boxes and tubs and pans of edibles and almost began drooling.’
    • ‘His eyes were closed and his mouth was half-open; so far that he was almost drooling.’
    • ‘I could smell tea and fruit, and my mouth started to drool.’
    • ‘I just started drooling and twitching uncontrollably, my mind seeming to flicker on and off, on and off, over and over and over.’
    salivate, dribble, slaver, slobber, drivel, water at the mouth
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    1. 1.1informal Make an excessive and obvious show of pleasure or desire.
      ‘he was drooling over your photo on the inside cover’
      • ‘The teen-aged boys drooled over her, but some started to believe.’
      • ‘She had curly chestnut brown hair, blue-gray eyes, stood 5'8, and had long slim legs that guys drooled over.’
      • ‘I see the weekly box office numbers, the way they're tabulated and drooled over… the way a movie is judged a success or a failure on its opening weekend.’
      • ‘The town discussed it over tea, drooled over his well-written letters, and hoped for the day they could see this mysterious favored son.’
      • ‘The girls in school drooled over him but he seemed to be immune to it all as he rarely dated, and if he did it was never serious - he was too immature to have one of those relationships.’
      • ‘I drooled over him as I watched his slightly goldish-brownish hair drift in the breeze of the kid snoring behind us as we wrote notes to each other.’
      • ‘But that was one thing about the girls in this school, they drooled over all three… not wanting to miss the chance that one might look their way while they were drooling over the other.’
      • ‘The profits would be made by the developers who have drooled over Gravina for years.’
      • ‘My sister, Audrey, drooled over him all through dinner.’
      • ‘If it weren't for her, we wouldn't be laboring over this stupid play like this, and if it weren't for her, I wouldn't have to beg my best friend and drool over the same guy every other girl drooled over.’
      • ‘Another girl friend drooled over Steve McQueen.’
      • ‘The cast showed that they are not there to be stared at and drooled over - they are there because they are a part of our body as well as a part of who we are.’
      • ‘And now that I've drooled over Danny's site, my eyes are wandering over to the cupboard where I keep a secret stash of notebooks, colouring pencils and of course a supply of purple pens.’
      • ‘The old lady introduced him to the other old women who began to drool over him.’
      • ‘Guys drooled over her and girls despised her for it.’
      • ‘Sure, you'll stare at her, maybe even drool, but as soon as she opens her mouth, you get turned off.’
      • ‘The Italian star had been admired, drooled over and hyped for a decade, turning into one of the world's most famous divas in the process.’
      • ‘American bosses drooled over big names such as the Chocolate Orange, but showed little interest in anything else.’
      • ‘She was the perfect girlfriend, the girl that guys drooled over.’
      • ‘While the sales lady took 45 minutes to ring it up, I drooled over the jewelry and pointed out items for the kid to tell her father to get for me.’
      desire, be consumed with desire for, find sexually attractive, find sexy, crave, covet, want, wish for, long for, yearn for, hunger for, thirst for, ache for, burn for, pant for
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  • Saliva falling from the mouth.

    • ‘Bill was staring at Heather with a small puddle of drool just waiting to fall from the edge of his parted lips.’
    • ‘The red foxes wait as drool goes down their mouth with anticipation.’
    • ‘A trickle of drool oozed down his unshaven chin.’
    • ‘Skip had fallen asleep in the back and snored loudly, drool beginning to dangle from his mouth.’
    • ‘He was lying splayed on the ground, drool oozing from his mouth and onto the floor.’
    • ‘A small line of drool trickled out the corner of his mouth, and he breathed so loudly he almost snored.’
    • ‘He looked down to see his notebook on his desk, with a small dribble of his drool on the page.’
    • ‘I know sometimes I drop the act and my eyes glaze over and a droplet of drool trickles from the corner of my mouth.’
    • ‘‘No, I'll have my bill,’ Josh answered, reaching for a napkin to wipe a trickle of drool off his chin.’
    • ‘I nodded off to sleep, my drool dribbling onto my English book.’
    • ‘As he turned to walk back toward me, I could see little droplets of drool forming at the corner of his mouth.’
    • ‘A small child looks on in fascination, his mouth emitting a long string of drool onto his mother's hands.’
    • ‘I nodded my head frantically, pretty sure drool was dribbling down the side of my mouth.’
    • ‘The hideous fangs that hung from his mouth were covered in drool, releasing a deadly, foul odour.’
    • ‘A fine line of drool even made it's way down his cheek.’
    • ‘She had half expected drool to dribble down his chin.’
    • ‘I heard drool was bad for keyboards so you really shouldn't fall asleep at the computer.’
    • ‘Ted was busy flipping through a fun magazine, Sam was asleep on his desk, a small pool of drool forming around his mouth, and Tanya was drawing up the plans for the con job.’
    • ‘I could have sworn I saw some drool trickling down his chin, but maybe not.’
    • ‘Her head was turned to the side and I could see a trickle of drool shining from the corner of her mouth.’
    saliva, spit, spittle, dribble, slaver, slobber
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Early 19th century: contraction of drivel.