lull aby

lullaby

[luhl-uh-bahy]
noun, plural lullabies.
1.
a song used to lull a child to sleep; cradlesong.
2.
any lulling song.
verb (used with object), lullabied, lullabying.
3.
to lull with or as with a lullaby.

Origin:
1550–60; equivalent to lulla, lulla(y), interjection used in cradlesongs (late Middle English lullai, lulli) + -by, as in bye-bye

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lullaby (ˈlʌləˌbaɪ)
 
n , pl -bies
1.  a quiet song to lull a child to sleep
2.  the music for such a song
 
vb , -bies, -bies, -bying, -bied
3.  (tr) to quiet or soothe with or as if with a lullaby
 
[C16: perhaps a blend of lull + goodbye]

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lullaby
c.1560, lulley by, from M.E. lollai, lullay, from lullen (see lull). Second element perhaps from by-by "good-by."
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