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mull

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[ muhl ]
/ mʌl /
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verb (used without object)
to study or ruminate; ponder.
verb (used with object)
to think about carefully; consider (often followed by over): to mull over an idea.
to make a mess or failure of.
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Origin of mull

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First recorded in 1815–25; perhaps identical with mull “to crumble, pulverize”; see mull4

Other definitions for mull (2 of 5)

mull2
[ muhl ]
/ mʌl /

verb (used with object)
to heat, sweeten, and flavor with spices for drinking, as ale or wine.

Origin of mull

2
First recorded in 1610–20; origin uncertain

Other definitions for mull (3 of 5)

mull3
[ muhl ]
/ mʌl /

noun
a soft, thin muslin.

Origin of mull

3
First recorded in 1670–80; earlier mulmul, from Hindi malmal

Other definitions for mull (4 of 5)

mull4
[ muhl ]
/ mʌl /

verb (used with object) Metallurgy.
to mix (clay and sand) under a roller for use in preparing a mold.

Origin of mull

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First recorded in 1400–50; of uncertain origin; possibly from Middle English mollen, mullen, originally, “to moisten, soften by wetting”; see moil

Other definitions for mull (5 of 5)

Mull
[ muhl ]
/ mʌl /

noun
an island in the Hebrides, in W Scotland. About 351 sq. mi. (910 sq. km).
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British Dictionary definitions for mull (1 of 6)

mull1
/ (mʌl) /

verb
(tr often foll by over) to study or ponder

Word Origin for mull

C19: probably from muddle

British Dictionary definitions for mull (2 of 6)

mull2
/ (mʌl) /

verb
(tr) to heat (wine, ale, etc) with sugar and spices to make a hot drink

Derived forms of mull

mulled, adjective

Word Origin for mull

C17: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for mull (3 of 6)

mull3
/ (mʌl) /

noun
a light muslin fabric of soft texture

Word Origin for mull

C18: earlier mulmull, from Hindi malmal

British Dictionary definitions for mull (4 of 6)

mull4
/ (mʌl) /

noun
a layer of nonacidic humus formed in well drained and aerated soilsCompare mor

Word Origin for mull

C20: from Danish muld; see mould ³

British Dictionary definitions for mull (5 of 6)

mull5
/ (mʌl) /

noun
Scot a promontory

Word Origin for mull

C14: related to Gaelic maol, Icelandic múli

British Dictionary definitions for mull (6 of 6)

Mull
/ (mʌl) /

noun
a mountainous island off the west coast of Scotland, in the Inner Hebrides, separated from the mainland by the Sound of Mull . Chief town: Tobermory. Pop: 2667 (2001). Area: 909 sq km (351 sq miles)
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