- to choose; select; pick.
- to gather the choice things or parts from.
- to collect; gather; pluck.
- act of culling.
- something culled, especially something picked out and put aside as inferior.
Origin of cull
Synonyms for cull
Examples from the Web for unculled
Historical Examples of unculled
She preferred that her part in the cotillion should be observed by a frieze of unculled wall-flowers.New Faces
- to choose or gather the best or required examples
- to take out (an animal, esp an inferior one) from a herd
- to reduce the size of (a herd or flock) by killing a proportion of its members
- to gather (flowers, fruit, etc)
- to cease to employ; get rid of
- the act or product of culling
- an inferior animal taken from a herd or group
Word Origin for cull
"dupe, saphead," rogues' slang from late 16c., perhaps a shortening of cullion "base fellow," originally "testicle" (from French couillon, from Old French coillon "testicle; worthless fellow, dolt," from Latin coleus, literally "strainer bag;" see cojones), though another theory traces it to Romany (Gypsy) chulai "man." Also sometimes cully, though some authorities assert cully was the canting term for "dupe" and cull was generic "man, fellow," without implication of gullibility. Cf. also gullible.
c.1200, originally "put through a strainer," from Old French coillir (12c., Modern French cueillir) "collect, gather, pluck, select," from Latin colligere "gather together, collect," originally "choose, select" (see collect). Related: Culled; culling. As a noun, from 1610s.