- to study or ruminate; ponder.
- to think about carefully; consider (often followed by over): to mull over an idea.
- to make a mess or failure of.
Origin of mull1
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- to heat, sweeten, and flavor with spices for drinking, as ale or wine.
Origin of mull2
- a soft, thin muslin.
Origin of mull3
- to mix (clay and sand) under a roller for use in preparing a mold.
Origin of mull4
- an island in the Hebrides, in W Scotland. About 351 sq. mi. (910 sq. km).
Examples from the Web for mull
A group of friends gathers to mull over what to do with a day off.The Awful Apps That Let You Vote With Your Wallet
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Clearly, the attorney has already begun to mull his options.Robert Bales, Accused in Afghan Deaths, Hires Flashy Lawyer John Henry Browne
March 19, 2012
Residents, both locals and expats, mull it over in daily conversations: whose apartment got robbed last night?The Mysterious Burglars on the French Riviera
August 10, 2010
I was awakened by a cry from Mull, who was also by this time at the Duke's side.The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
Mull is said to contain six thousand, and Sky fifteen thousand.
The Isle of Mull is perhaps in extent the third of the Hebrides.
There was no house in Mull to which he could not introduce us.
It was yet better to see it, and we stopped at some rocks on the coast of Mull.
- (tr often foll by over) to study or ponder
- (tr) to heat (wine, ale, etc) with sugar and spices to make a hot drink
- a light muslin fabric of soft texture
- a layer of nonacidic humus formed in well drained and aerated soilsCompare mor
- Scot a promontory
- a mountainous island off the west coast of Scotland, in the Inner Hebrides, separated from the mainland by the Sound of Mull . Chief town: Tobermory. Pop: 2667 (2001). Area: 909 sq km (351 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for mull
"ponder," 1873, perhaps from a figurative use of Middle English mullyn "grind to powder, pulverize," from molle "dust, ashes, rubbish" (c.1300), probably from Middle Dutch mul "grit, loose earth," related to mill (n.1). But Webster's (1879) defined it as "to work steadily without accomplishing much," which may connect it to earlier identical word in athletics sense of "to botch, muff" (1862). Related: Mulled; mulling.
"sweeten, spice and heat a drink," c.1600, of unknown origin, perhaps from Dutch mol, a kind of white, sweet beer, or from Flemish molle a kind of beer, and related to words for "to soften." Related: Mulled; mulling.
"promontory" (in Scottish place names), late 14c., perhaps from Old Norse muli "a jutting crag, projecting ridge (between two valleys)," which probably is identical with muli "snout, muzzle." The Norse word is related to Old Frisian mula, Middle Dutch mule, muul, Old High German mula, German Maul "muzzle, mouth." Alternative etymology traces it to Gaelic maol "brow of a hill or rock," also "bald," from Old Celtic *mailo-s (cf. Irish maol, Old Irish máel, máil, Welsh moel).