- 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 lulling
The lulling hymns were like the very vertigo that bore them away.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
She led him back to bed, soothing him like a child, lulling him with a fib.
The distant lawns were lulling to sleep the breezes that kissed them.
Pedro Montero had a talent for lulling his adversaries into a sense of security.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
And I fancy that you will not believe, either, that the sea is lulling now.The Lady and the Pirate
- 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 lulling
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.