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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Word Origin & History

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
Scores of gulls hover above, screeching in excitement, then swoop down to
  gobble up any leftovers.
Multiple predators, including crabs and flocks of gulls, voraciously prey on
  hatchlings during this short scamper.
There are behemoth freighters in port, and the gulls seem to eddy in the sky
  without purpose, though this can hardly be true.
Dozens, hundreds of little white gulls' heads poked out of the rock wall below.
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