- 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 gulled
There are things about which universal sentiment is not to be gulled.Napoleon the Little
He is gulled into the belief that Mrs. Ford expects him again.William Shakespeare
He must have gulled this whole territory beautifully to have them swear by him as they do.That Girl Montana
Marah Ellis Ryan
His imagination, which had led him on so bravely, gulled him sometimes when it came to details.Raleigh
He was laughed at by one half of the Neighbours, and despised and gulled by the other.The True Life of Betty Ireland
- 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 gulled
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.