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verb (used with object)
  1. to choose; select; pick.
  2. to gather the choice things or parts from.
  3. to collect; gather; pluck.
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  1. act of culling.
  2. something culled, especially something picked out and put aside as inferior.
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Origin of cull

1300–50; Middle English coilen, cuilen, cullen < Anglo-French, Old French cuillir < Latin colligere to gather; see collect1
Related formscull·er, nounout·cull, verb (used with object)o·ver·cull, verb (used with object)un·culled, adjective
Can be confusedcall caul cull

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Related Words for culled

glean, winnow, pluck, sift, extract, select, amass, collect, discriminate, prefer, choose, mark, take, elect, thin, accumulate, garner

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Contemporary Examples of culled

Historical Examples of culled

  • Some little ray of consolation I culled, perhaps, from my thoughts of Roxalanne.

  • Many are the lots of beasts I have bought and culled, and I had to pay for it.

  • He assured the women that the samples were not culled: "Jes' took as they come."

  • You are Christians of the best edition, all picked and culled.

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett

  • Every morning she found beside her plate a bouquet which he had culled.


    Ernest Daudet

British Dictionary definitions for culled


verb (tr)
  1. to choose or gather the best or required examples
  2. to take out (an animal, esp an inferior one) from a herd
  3. to reduce the size of (a herd or flock) by killing a proportion of its members
  4. to gather (flowers, fruit, etc)
  5. to cease to employ; get rid of
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  1. the act or product of culling
  2. an inferior animal taken from a herd or group
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Word Origin for cull

C15: from Old French coillir to pick, from Latin colligere; see collect 1
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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.

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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.

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