- to choose; select; pick.
- to gather the choice things or parts from.
- to collect; gather; pluck.
- act of culling.
- something culled, especially something picked out and put aside as inferior.
Origin of cull
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Examples from the Web for culled
White-bread ISIS recruits, culled from the wastelands of Web 2.0, call that tidy division into terrible question.The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust
November 21, 2014
Her songs, which she cowrote with songwriter-producer Joel Little, are all culled from real-life experiences.Meet Lorde, the 16-Year-Old Singer Poised to Take Over Pop Music
July 22, 2013
Here are six questions (and answers) culled from our conversation.'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig on Feminism, Rebel Wilson & More
April 15, 2013
But the data Republicans culled are much more granular than that.Budget Balancing and Jobs: It's the Other Way Around!
March 19, 2013
The vast majority of the data for the report is culled from documents from U.S. federal court cases.Report: Majority of Convicted Terrorists in U.S. Are American Citizens
February 26, 2013
Some little ray of consolation I culled, perhaps, from my thoughts of Roxalanne.Bardelys the Magnificent
Many are the lots of beasts I have bought and culled, and I had to pay for it.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
He assured the women that the samples were not culled: "Jes' took as they come."Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
You are Christians of the best edition, all picked and culled.Familiar Quotations
Every morning she found beside her plate a bouquet which he had culled.Which?
- to choose or gather the best or required examples
- to take out (an animal, esp an inferior one) from a herd
- to reduce the size of (a herd or flock) by killing a proportion of its members
- to gather (flowers, fruit, etc)
- to cease to employ; get rid of
- the act or product of culling
- an inferior animal taken from a herd or group
Word Origin and History for culled
"dupe, saphead," rogues' slang from late 16c., perhaps a shortening of cullion "base fellow," originally "testicle" (from French couillon, from Old French coillon "testicle; worthless fellow, dolt," from Latin coleus, literally "strainer bag;" see cojones), though another theory traces it to Romany (Gypsy) chulai "man." Also sometimes cully, though some authorities assert cully was the canting term for "dupe" and cull was generic "man, fellow," without implication of gullibility. Cf. also gullible.
c.1200, originally "put through a strainer," from Old French coillir (12c., Modern French cueillir) "collect, gather, pluck, select," from Latin colligere "gather together, collect," originally "choose, select" (see collect). Related: Culled; culling. As a noun, from 1610s.