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gull1

[guhl] /gʌl/
noun
1.
any of numerous long-winged, web-toed, aquatic birds of the family Laridae, having usually white plumage with a gray back and wings.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English gulle, perhaps < Welsh gŵylan, Cornish guilan (compare French goéland < Breton gwelan)
Related forms
gull-like, adjective

gull2

[guhl] /gʌl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to deceive, trick, or cheat.
noun
2.
a person who is easily deceived or cheated; dupe.
Origin
1540-50; perhaps akin to obsolete gull to swallow, guzzle
Synonyms
1. cozen, dupe, fool, bamboozle, hoodwink.
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Examples for gull
  • It would seem to be no contest should a jetliner or even a smaller plane collide with a gull or a goose.
  • Consider the flightless fluffs of brown otherwise known as herring gull chicks.
  • On the vault, she lands as softly as a sea gull on a beach.
  • On both of these occasions, a sea gull paddled over and pecked at the fish for a little while.
  • Cape gull with wings outstretched in the archangel position.
British Dictionary definitions for gull

gull1

/ɡʌl/
noun
1.
any aquatic bird of the genus Larus and related genera, such as L. canus (common gull or mew) having long pointed wings, short legs, and a mostly white plumage: family Laridae, order Charadriiformes related adjective larine
Derived Forms
gull-like, adjective
Word Origin
C15: of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwylan

gull2

/ɡʌl/
noun
1.
a person who is easily fooled or cheated
verb
2.
(transitive) to fool, cheat, or hoax
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from dialect gull unfledged bird, probably from gul, from Old Norse gulr yellow
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Word Origin and History for gull
gull
c.1430 (in a cook book), probably from Brythonic Celtic, cf. Welsh gwylan "gull," Cornish guilan, Breton goelann; all from O.Celt. *voilenno-. Replaced O.E. mæw.
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