A doll is a toy that looks like a small person, often a baby. When kids play with dolls, they might dress them up, push them in toy strollers, and have pretend tea parties with them.

Some dolls are the size of real babies and are played with in a way that's a kind of practice parenting — like pretending to feed and bathe a doll. Other dolls are much smaller and represent people of varying ages, like a family of dolls that are played with in a doll house, sitting at little tables and sleeping in tiny beds. The word doll is also an old-fashioned, slightly offensive term for a woman, especially one who's young and pretty.

Definitions of doll
  1. noun
    a small replica of a person; used as a toy
    synonyms: dolly
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    golliwog, golliwogg
    a grotesque black doll
    a carved doll wearing the costume of a particular Pueblo spirit; usually presented to a child as a gift
    paper doll
    a piece of paper cut or folded into the shape of a human being
    a doll with a hollow head of a person or animal and a cloth body; intended to fit over the hand and be manipulated with the fingers
    rag doll
    a cloth doll that is stuffed and (usually) painted
    sawdust doll
    a doll that is stuffed with sawdust
    toy soldier
    a doll that resembles a soldier
    glove doll, glove puppet, hand puppet
    a puppet with a cloth body and hollow head; fits over the hand
    type of:
    plaything, toy
    an artifact designed to be played with
  2. noun
    informal terms for a (young) woman
    synonyms: bird, chick, dame, skirt, wench
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