mull

1
[ muhl ]
/ mʌl /

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.

Origin of mull

1
1815–25; perhaps identical with dial. mull to crumble, pulverize; see mull4
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British Dictionary definitions for mull over (1 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)

British Dictionary definitions for mull over (2 of 6)

mull

1
/ (mʌl) /

verb

(tr often foll by over) to study or ponder

Word Origin for mull

C19: probably from muddle

British Dictionary definitions for mull over (3 of 6)

mull

2
/ (mʌl) /

verb

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

Derived Forms

mulled, adjective

Word Origin for mull

C17: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for mull over (4 of 6)

mull

3
/ (mʌl) /

noun

a light muslin fabric of soft texture

Word Origin for mull

C18: earlier mulmull, from Hindi malmal

British Dictionary definitions for mull over (5 of 6)

mull

4
/ (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 over (6 of 6)

mull

5
/ (mʌl) /

noun

Scot a promontory

Word Origin for mull

C14: related to Gaelic maol, Icelandic múli
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Idioms and Phrases with mull over

mull over


Ponder, think about, as in She mulled over the offer for some time and then turned it down. [Late 1800s]

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