Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A child's usually small toy having the likeness of a human.
  • n. A pretty child.
  • n. Slang An attractive person.
  • n. Slang A woman.
  • n. Slang A sweetheart or darling.
  • n. Slang A helpful or obliging person.
  • doll up Slang To dress oneself smartly and often ostentatiously, especially for a special occasion.
  • doll up Slang To add embellishing details to in order to make much more attractive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A toy in the form of a human.
  • n. Used to refer to or address a woman.
  • n. A term of endearment (ie. darling).
  • v. To cause to be more beautiful of attractive. See also doll up.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a small, usually flexible figure representing a human being, especially a toy baby for a little girl; a child's puppet.
  • n. an attractive woman or girl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sweetheart; a mistress; a paramour; a doxy. Also dolly.
  • n. A puppet representing a child, usually a little girl (but also sometimes a boy or a man, as a soldier, etc.), used as a toy by children, especially by girls.
  • n. Dung, especially of pigeons.
  • n. A large cake of sawdust mixed with dung, used for fuel.
  • n. A large lump.
  • n. A simple contrivance on a Jacquard loom which indicates to the weaver that something is wrong with the action of the pattern-card cylinder. Also called detector and blockhead-board.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small replica of a person; used as a toy
  • n. informal terms for a (young) woman

Etymologies

From Doll, nickname for Dorothy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Doll, a popular pet form of Dorothy. (Wiktionary)

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  • What we need is a historical reverse dictionary of meanings. 'Doll' was only used in the modern sense from about 1700 (and was cant at first); 'poppet' was used in this sense from about the fifteenth century; so what did English children play with before?

    August 22, 2008