- 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 lulls
It “lulls you into this sense of security because it is a world of your own creation.”Generation Naive: Why Young People Can’t Help Falling for Strangers Online
March 25, 2013
There was the briefest of lulls in jokes when Obama said he was proud of his Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor.Obama's 6 Funniest Moments from the Correspondents' Dinner
The Daily Beast Video
June 20, 2009
A still, pale fog is soothing; it lulls nature to a kind of repose.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
In the lulls he turned his head and gazed over the sea, looking for the boat.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
In one of the lulls, I hauled Molo through the air and into the cave.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
It is usually only during the lulls in the wind that Culex can fly.
His mother was one of them white-livered Lulls, from Pomfret.
- 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 lulls
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.