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You looked for doll, dolly, Doll or Dolly. Two words exist, one a proper noun (with a capital D) and the other a common noun: both can have a '-y' added.

  • The proper noun Doll or (Dolly) is a shortened girl's name.
Doll is a short form of the forename Dorothy. There are two main types of such shortenings: they are convenient for writing, e.g. in lists; or they are essentially spoken pet-names, and thus informal. (See Conventional abbreviations for forenames.)
Short form Long form Informal or written Other short forms Remarks
Doll Dorothy informal Doth; Dottie; Dodo Dorothy is the same name as Dorothea (and the obsolete Dorate), and the same abbreviations are used for both.

There is a list of similar names at Conventional abbreviations for forenames, as well as the category:short names

Note that any informal form may be spelled in different ways. Notably, any spelling listed that ends in '-ie' may be written with the ending '-y', and vice versa.
  • The common noun doll has several areas of meaning, all related to the name.
    • It is a model of a child, particularly a baby, used as a toy. These may be equipped with doll's prams, doll's houses etc. Dolly mixtures are sweets (= American 'candies') made to be very small, so that the child who eats them can first pretend that the doll has done so.
    • In current slang, originally from the United States, it means 'an attractive woman', 'a girl-friend'. (This usage can be seen in the title of the musical Guys and Dolls, based on the works of the comic writer {{Damon Runyon]] (1880-1946).) There are connotations of empty-headed, trivial and unintelligent personality in the use of the name of a child's toy for an adult woman.
    • In older slang, it could mean a prostitute. This usage is clear in Shakespeare's character Doll Tearsheet (the invented surname is suggestive), a prostitute in Henry IV, part 2 and Henry V.
    • In various occupations, the word dolly has been "[a]pplied to various contrivances fancied to resemble a doll in some way" (OED). These include
      • a wheeled platform for film or television cameras, by which the camera may be moved smoothly
      • a three-legged stick used for washing clothes in large tubs, in the days when laundry was all done by manual labour.