a song used to lull a child to sleep; cradlesong.
any lulling song.
verb (used with object)
to lull with or as with a lullaby.
), interjection used in cradlesongs (
late Middle English
a quiet song to lull a child to sleep
the music for such a song
) to quiet or soothe with or as if with a lullaby
[C16: perhaps a blend of
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Perhaps because it is so universal and commonplace, the lullaby doesn't get much respect.
These were the lullaby years, when national security hardly mattered.
It's that long horizon, the soothing oceanic swell-the best lullaby ever invented.
All he can do is paint, knock down some rust, and accept his boat's lullaby sway.
And yet, nothing could ease his agitation, nothing could be parlayed into a lullaby.
Neighborhood children ask for chocolate bars, and an arcade game in the corner fills the bodega with an electronic lullaby.
It is as intimate as a lullaby, and as public as a parade.