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[guhl] /gʌl/
verb (used with object)
to deceive, trick, or cheat.
a person who is easily deceived or cheated; dupe.
Origin of gull2
First recorded in 1540-50; perhaps akin to obsolete gull to swallow, guzzle
1. cozen, dupe, fool, bamboozle, hoodwink. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gulled
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  • There are things about which universal sentiment is not to be gulled.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • He is gulled into the belief that Mrs. Ford expects him again.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • He must have gulled this whole territory beautifully to have them swear by him as they do.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
  • His imagination, which had led him on so bravely, gulled him sometimes when it came to details.

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
  • He was laughed at by one half of the Neighbours, and despised and gulled by the other.

  • The one man who approached me with respect I gulled and cheated.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • What moved his satiric vein was that they all had to be gulled—and were all gullible.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • I was merely alluding to the facility with which the generous public is gulled.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • It gets me to see how that man is gulled, and he such a clear-headed, sane sort!

    The Come Back Carolyn Wells
  • Hence, perchance, a man is said to be gulled, when he is taken in.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
British Dictionary definitions for gulled


any aquatic bird of the genus Larus and related genera, such as L. canus (common gull or mew) having long pointed wings, short legs, and a mostly white plumage: family Laridae, order Charadriiformes related adjective larine
Derived Forms
gull-like, adjective
Word Origin
C15: of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwylan


a person who is easily fooled or cheated
(transitive) to fool, cheat, or hoax
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from dialect gull unfledged bird, probably from gul, from Old Norse gulr yellow
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Word Origin and History for gulled



shore bird, early 15c. (in a cook book), probably from Brythonic Celtic, cf. Welsh gwylan "gull," Cornish guilan, Breton goelann; all from Old Celtic *voilenno-. Replaced Old English mæw (see mew (n.1)).



cant term for "dupe, sucker, credulous person," 1590s, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from verb meaning "to dupe, cheat" (1540s), earlier "to swallow" (1520s), ultimately from gull "throat, gullet" (early 15c.); see gullet. Or it is perhaps from (or influenced by) the bird (see gull (n.1)); in either case with a sense of "someone who will swallow anything thrown at him." Another possibility is Middle English dialectal gull "newly hatched bird" (late 14c.), which is perhaps from Old Norse golr "yellow," from the hue of its down.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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