lull

[luhl]

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.

noun


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
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lull

verb

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

noun

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 lulled

lull

v.

early 14c., lullen "hush to sleep," probably imitative of lu-lu sound used to lull a child to sleep (cf. Swedish lulla "to hum a lullaby," German lullen "to rock," Sanskrit lolati "moves to and fro," Middle Dutch lollen "to mutter"). Figurative use from 1570s. Related: Lulled; lulling.

lull

n.

1650s as the name of a soothing drink, from lull (v.). Meaning "period of quiet in a storm" is from 1815.

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