Definitions for dôledoʊl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

doledoʊl(n.; v.)doled, dol•ing.

  1. (n.)an allotment of money, food, etc., esp. as given at regular intervals by a charity.

  2. (v.t.)to distribute in charity.

  3. to give out sparingly or in small quantities (usu. fol. by out):

    to dole out water during a drought.

Idioms for dole:

  1. on the dole,Chiefly Brit.receiving relief payments from the government.

    Category: Idiom, Government

Origin of dole:

bef. 1000; ME dol, OE gedāl sharing; akin to deal1


  1. grief or sorrow; lamentation.

* Archaic..

Origin of dole:

1200–50; ME do(e)l < AF, OF < LL dolus, for L dolordolor


  1. Robert J(oseph), born 1923, U.S. politician: senator 1969–1996.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dole(noun)

    a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given

  2. dole, pogy, pogey(noun)

    money received from the state

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dole(verb)ʊl

    to give out to several people; = distribute

    $16M have been doled out in building grants.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dole(noun)

    grief; sorrow; lamentation

  2. Dole(noun)

    see Dolus

  3. Dole(noun)

    distribution; dealing; apportionment

  4. Dole(noun)

    that which is dealt out; a part, share, or portion also, a scanty share or allowance

  5. Dole(noun)

    alms; charitable gratuity or portion

  6. Dole(noun)

    a boundary; a landmark

  7. Dole(noun)

    a void space left in tillage

  8. Dole(verb)

    to deal out in small portions; to distribute, as a dole; to deal out scantily or grudgingly

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dôle

    a town in the dep. of Jura, on the Doubs, and the Rhône and Rhine Canal, 28 m. SE. of Dijon, with iron-works, and a trade in wine, grain, &c.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dôle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4412

Translations for dôle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(with the ) a slang word for the payment made by the state to an unemployed person

He's on the dole.

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