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gull

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[ 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.
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Origin of gull

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

OTHER WORDS FROM gull

gull-like, adjective

Other definitions for gull (2 of 2)

gull2
[ guhl ]
/ gʌl /

verb (used with object)
to deceive, trick, or cheat.
noun
a person who is easily deceived or cheated; dupe.

Origin of gull

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First recorded in 1540–50; perhaps akin to obsolete gull to swallow, guzzle
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British Dictionary definitions for gull (1 of 2)

gull1
/ (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 forms of gull

gull-like, adjective

Word Origin for gull

C15: of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwylan

British Dictionary definitions for gull (2 of 2)

gull2
/ (ɡʌl) archaic /

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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