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From Doll, a popular pet form of Dorothy.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɒl/
  • Rhymes: -ɒl
  • (US) IPA(key): /dɑl/
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doll (plural dolls)

  1. A toy in the form of a human.
    Hyponym: action figure
  2. (informal, derogatory, mainly used by men) A young attractive woman.
  3. (US, Australia) A term of endearment: darl, darling, sweetheart.
    • 2008, Stephen King, Willa
      "They didn't sell cigarettes where you were, doll?" Palmer asked.
  4. (sometimes derogatory, mainly used by men) A good-natured, cooperative or helpful girl or young woman.
    • 2017, Chunk in "Skate-lebrity", The ZhuZhus
      Ow! These things are defective. Pipsqueak, be a doll, I need a new pair, pronto!
  5. The smallest or pet pig in a litter.

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From Latin dōlium.



doll m (plural dolls)

  1. stream, jet
  2. pitcher, vase

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Occasionally found in older texts, but chiefly introduced to standard German during the 20th century from Central German and German Low German dialects, from northern Middle High German dol and Middle Low German dol. Doublet of toll (great; crazy), which compare.



doll (comparative doller, superlative am dollsten)

  1. (informal) firm, hard, forceful, strong (of actions, also of emotions)
    Der Schlag war nicht doll, aber er hat mich genau auf die Nase getroffen.The blow wasn't hard, but it hit me right in the nose.
  2. (colloquial, chiefly in negation or sarcastically) good, great, satisfactory
    Ich geb ja zu, dass es keine dolle Idee war.Well, I do admit it wasn't a very good idea.
  3. (colloquial, with Ding) extraordinary, remarkable
    Na, das is’ ja ’n dolles Ding!Now, that is some news!

Usage notesEdit

  • The word is readily attestable in written representations of spoken and informal German. The sense “firm, hard” is now also found occasionally in more standard prose, chiefly as an adverb (see below).




  1. (informal) firmly, hard, forcefully, vehemently, strong (of actions, also of emotions)
    • 1995, “Meh' Bier”, in Auf einem Auge blöd, performed by Fettes Brot:
      Wir feiern laut und doll bis alle auf den Tischen springen / Und am Höhepunkt der Party fangen wir laut an zu singen.
      We party hard and loudly until everyone climbs the tables / And in the party's climax we start singing loudly.
    Du musst doller drücken, sonst geht es nicht.You need to push harder, otherwise it won't work.

Further readingEdit

  • doll in Duden online