- to deceive, trick, or cheat.
- a person who is easily deceived or cheated; dupe.
Origin of gull2
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Examples from the Web for gulling
For the gulling, tell me, is it humane to talk so to this poor old man?The Confidence-Man
What damned cozening, gulling, and coney-catching have we here!Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.
The gulling of Gloster, again, recalls the gulling of Othello.Shakespearean Tragedy
A. C. Bradley
I felt sure it would be useless to warn her, so completely had the Count succeeded in gulling her; but I took my own steps.Miss Cayley's Adventures
No talent in the deception of individuals or the gulling of the crowd can of itself bring the great reward.The Mercy of Allah
- 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 CharadriiformesRelated adjective: larine
- a person who is easily fooled or cheated
- (tr) to fool, cheat, or hoax
Word Origin and History for gulling
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.