gull

1 [guhl]
noun
any of numerous long-winged, web-toed, aquatic birds of the family Laridae, having usually white plumage with a gray back and wings.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English gulle, perhaps < Welsh gŵylan, Cornish guilan (compare French goéland < Breton gwelan)

gull-like, adjective
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gull

2 [guhl]
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


1. cozen, dupe, fool, bamboozle, hoodwink.
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gull1 (ɡʌl)
 
n
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 CharadriiformesRelated: larine
 
Related: larine
 
[C15: of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwylan]
 
'gull-like1
 
adj

gull2 (ɡʌl)
 
n
1.  a person who is easily fooled or cheated
 
vb
2.  (tr) to fool, cheat, or hoax
 
[C16: perhaps from dialect gull unfledged bird, probably from gul, from Old Norse gulr yellow]

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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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Example sentences
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.
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