gull

1
[ guhl ]
/ gʌl /
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noun

any of numerous long-winged, web-toed, aquatic birds of the family Laridae, having usually white plumage with a gray back and wings.

Nearby words

  1. gulf war,
  2. gulf war syndrome,
  3. gulfport,
  4. gulfweed,
  5. gulgul,
  6. gull wing,
  7. gull-wing,
  8. gullah,
  9. gullet,
  10. gulley

Origin of gull

1
1400–50; late Middle English gulle, perhaps < Welsh gŵylan, Cornish guilan (compare French goéland < Breton gwelan)

Related formsgull-like, adjective

gull

2
[ guhl ]
/ gʌl /

verb (used with object)

to deceive, trick, or cheat.

noun

a person who is easily deceived or cheated; dupe.

Origin of gull

2
First recorded in 1540–50; perhaps akin to obsolete gull to swallow, guzzle

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British Dictionary definitions for gull

gull

1
/ (ɡʌl) /

noun

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
Derived Formsgull-like, adjective

Word Origin for gull

C15: of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwylan

noun

a person who is easily fooled or cheated

verb

(tr) to fool, cheat, or hoax

Word Origin for gull

C16: perhaps from dialect gull unfledged bird, probably from gul, from Old Norse gulr yellow

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