- to study or ruminate; ponder.
- to think about carefully; consider (often followed by over): to mull over an idea.
- to make a mess or failure of.
Origin of mull1
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- to heat, sweeten, and flavor with spices for drinking, as ale or wine.
Origin of mull2
- to mix (clay and sand) under a roller for use in preparing a mold.
Origin of mull4
Examples from the Web for mulling
"My wife and I have been married for nineteen years," says Palmer, mulling the stress-fracture in his family life.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Saudi Arabia reportedly is mulling trade sanctions against the Netherlands over stickers that Wilders had printed up in December.Elections Could Be the Beginning of the End for Europe
Tracy McNicoll, Nadette De Visser
May 21, 2014
Herman, 54, is mulling my question about whether he has been sexually abused.Exclusive: ‘X-Men’ Sex Abuse Lawyer Says He Was Assaulted, Too
May 6, 2014
“Recently, I have started giving some thought to it,” says Korsh, who is currently mulling four different outcomes.How the Dark and Stylish Drama ‘Suits’ Became USA’s Best Show
March 5, 2014
Mulling over these questions, going over our past should give us all sorts of answers to our future.Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Live In: Kevin Baker’s New York
September 23, 2013
The lookout broke in on his mulling over with a sudden shout.A Man to His Mate
J. Allan Dunn
Al fell back on an idea that he himself had been mulling over.Double Challenge
James Arthur Kjelgaard
He had an idea or two which he had been mulling over that concerned the artist.Children of the Whirlwind
Of evenings we can court and drink liquor of my own mulling.Tales of the Chesapeake
George Alfred Townsend
The best way of mulling claret is simply to heat it with a sufficient quantity of sugar and a stick of cinnamon.Cups and their Customs
George Edwin Roberts
- 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)
- (tr often foll by over) to study or ponder
- (tr) to heat (wine, ale, etc) with sugar and spices to make a hot drink
- a light muslin fabric of soft texture
- a layer of nonacidic humus formed in well drained and aerated soilsCompare mor
- Scot a promontory
Word Origin and History for mulling
"ponder," 1873, perhaps from a figurative use of Middle English mullyn "grind to powder, pulverize," from molle "dust, ashes, rubbish" (c.1300), probably from Middle Dutch mul "grit, loose earth," related to mill (n.1). But Webster's (1879) defined it as "to work steadily without accomplishing much," which may connect it to earlier identical word in athletics sense of "to botch, muff" (1862). Related: Mulled; mulling.
"sweeten, spice and heat a drink," c.1600, of unknown origin, perhaps from Dutch mol, a kind of white, sweet beer, or from Flemish molle a kind of beer, and related to words for "to soften." Related: Mulled; mulling.
"promontory" (in Scottish place names), late 14c., perhaps from Old Norse muli "a jutting crag, projecting ridge (between two valleys)," which probably is identical with muli "snout, muzzle." The Norse word is related to Old Frisian mula, Middle Dutch mule, muul, Old High German mula, German Maul "muzzle, mouth." Alternative etymology traces it to Gaelic maol "brow of a hill or rock," also "bald," from Old Celtic *mailo-s (cf. Irish maol, Old Irish máel, máil, Welsh moel).