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Barbie doll

a brand of doll representing a slim, shapely young woman, especially one with blond hair, blue eyes, and fair skin.
Also called Barbie doll. a person, especially a young woman, perceived as blandly attractive and vacuous.
Contemporary Examples

As anyone who has ever watched their daughter eye a barbie doll can attest, role models matter.
Put a Mom on the Court Peter Beinart April 25, 2010

The verbal repertoire of the barbie doll is an unusual point of reference for a review in the Times Literary Supplement.
The Best of Brit Lit Peter Stothard March 10, 2010

Look, to me the barbie doll looks perfect; it was created as a human idol.
16 Questions for the ‘Real-Life Barbie,’ Valeria Lukyanova Anna Nemtsova August 4, 2013

I know I cringed at some articles written about you where you were accused of being a Stepford wife or a barbie doll.
Cindy Speaks Meghan McCain January 18, 2009

Historical Examples

Fantasyland was like an ugly scar on the blemish-free face of a barbie doll.
Makers Cory Doctorow

trademark a teenage doll with numerous sets of clothes and accessories
(slang) generally (derogatory) a superficially attractive but insipid young woman
(informal, mainly Austral) short for barbecue

Word Origin

from barbe(cue)
Usage Note

Australian slang

1959, trademark name (reg. U.S.). Supposedly named after the daughter of its creator, U.S. businesswoman Ruth Handler (1916-2002); see Barbara.


: Our Barbie Doll president with his Barbie Doll wife

noun phrase

A mindless man or woman; a person lacking any but typical, bland, and neatly attractive traits: a Barbie Doll programmed to sing, dance, and fall in love

[1970s+; fr the trademark of a very popular teenage doll for children]


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