Green’s Dictionary of Slang

doll n.1

[Doll Common is generic use of the character in Jonson's The Alchemist (1610)]

1. [mid-16C–mid-18C; 1930s] (also doll common) a prostitute.

2. [early 17C+] a woman.

3. [mid-19C+] (US) anything, or anyone, excellent, first-rate; also as adj.

4. [mid-19C+] (US) a conceited or self-satisfied person.

5. [1910s+] a conventionally attractive young woman; occas. used of (homosexual) young men.

6. [1950s+] a general term of affection.

7. [1960s] (US) a person, a man.

8. [1990s+] (S.Afr.) a term of affection.

In compounds

doll baby (n.) [baby n. (3)] [mid-19C+] (US)

1. an attractive young woman; also as a term of address, sweetheart.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

doll city (n.) [-city sfx]

[1980s+] (US teen) of women, the act of being conventionally pretty.

doll common (n.)

see sense 1 above.

doll house (n.) [house n.1 (1)]

[1920s–50s] (US) a brothel; thus doll woman, a prostitute.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

doll-rags (n.) [SE doll + rags, clothes; thus pieces small enough to make a doll’s wardrobe]

[1900s] (US) small pieces.