[ luhl ]
/ lʌl /

verb (used with object)

to put to sleep or rest by soothing means: to lull a child by singing.
to soothe or quiet.
to give or lead to feel a false sense of safety; cause to be less alert, aware, or watchful.

verb (used without object)

to quiet down, let up, or subside: furious activity that finally lulled.


Nearby words

  1. lulac,
  2. lulav,
  3. luleälv,
  4. luleå,
  5. luliberin,
  6. lull into,
  7. lull, ramón,
  8. lullaby,
  9. lulli,
  10. lully

Origin of lull

1300–50; Middle English lullen, of expressive orig.; compare Swedish lulla, German lullen, Latin lallāre to sing lullaby

Related formslull·er, nounlull·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lull


/ (lʌl) /


to soothe (a person or animal) by soft sounds or motions (esp in the phrase lull to sleep)
to calm (someone or someone's fears, suspicions, etc), esp by deception


a short period of calm or diminished activity
Derived Formslulling, adjective

Word Origin for lull

C14: possibly imitative of crooning sounds; related to Middle Low German lollen to soothe, Middle Dutch lollen to talk drowsily, mumble

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Word Origin and History for lull
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