- 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.
- to quiet down, let up, or subside: furious activity that finally lulled.
- a temporary calm, quiet, or stillness: a lull in a storm.
- a soothing sound: the lull of falling waters.
- a pacified or stupefied condition: The drug had put him in a lull.
Origin of lull
Examples from the Web for lulled
But abruptly it intruded around corners when least expected after scenes of rural somnolence had lulled us.As the Key Battle Looms, a Report from Ukraine's Front Lines
August 13, 2014
The Navy ships remained off shore lest anyone be lulled into forgetting how many were still in need.Heroism in the Rockaways After Hurricane Sandy
November 6, 2012
Feeling like he was “one of the rebels” may have lulled Stevens into a false sense of safety.Libya Attack Mystery: Premeditated by Al Qaeda or Spontaneous?
September 14, 2012
Lulled by the midday sun and the slow steady motion of my horse, I remember distinctly thinking of nothing at all.Monument Valley From the Eyes of a Krazy Kat and John Ford Fan
February 3, 2012
For a second I became lost in memory, lulled into nostalgia by the sensory banquet of collective human death.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
Robert's suspicions were lulled to sleep, and he ceased to be as vigilant and watchful as he had been.Brave and Bold
Unwilling to be disturbed, I readily believed all that lulled me in my security.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
They are enchanted by other charms, and lulled into dangerous repose by other music!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
The crowd went off quietly, as if weariness had lulled all its passions.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The wind had lulled, but there still rolled high a most unusual ocean.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
- 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
Word Origin and History for lulled
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.
1650s as the name of a soothing drink, from lull (v.). Meaning "period of quiet in a storm" is from 1815.