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lull

[luhl] /lʌl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put to sleep or rest by soothing means:
to lull a child by singing.
2.
to soothe or quiet.
3.
to give or lead to feel a false sense of safety; cause to be less alert, aware, or watchful.
verb (used without object)
4.
to quiet down, let up, or subside:
furious activity that finally lulled.
noun
5.
a temporary calm, quiet, or stillness:
a lull in a storm.
6.
a soothing sound:
the lull of falling waters.
7.
a pacified or stupefied condition:
The drug had put him in a lull.
Origin of lull
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English lullen, of expressive orig.; compare Swedish lulla, German lullen, Latin lallāre to sing lullaby
Related forms
luller, noun
lullingly, adverb
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  • His phrases, which began to fall into the rhythmic drone of a Sunday sermon, lulled Baldur to dreaming.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • They are enchanted by other charms, and lulled into dangerous repose by other music!

  • The storm had lulled, though the rain still fell; in the west was a streak of light.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • The wind had lulled, but there still rolled high a most unusual ocean.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Gordon Makimmon settled into a waking somnolence, lulled by the familiar, profound, withdrawn repose of the valley.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for lulled

lull

/lʌl/
verb
1.
to soothe (a person or animal) by soft sounds or motions (esp in the phrase lull to sleep)
2.
to calm (someone or someone's fears, suspicions, etc), esp by deception
noun
3.
a short period of calm or diminished activity
Derived Forms
lulling, adjective
Word Origin
C14: possibly imitative of crooning sounds; related to Middle Low German lollen to soothe, Middle Dutch lollen to talk drowsily, mumble
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Word Origin and History for lulled

lull

v.

early 14c., lullen "hush to sleep," probably imitative of lu-lu sound used to lull a child to sleep (cf. Swedish lulla "to hum a lullaby," German lullen "to rock," Sanskrit lolati "moves to and fro," Middle Dutch lollen "to mutter"). Figurative use from 1570s. Related: Lulled; lulling.

n.

1650s as the name of a soothing drink, from lull (v.). Meaning "period of quiet in a storm" is from 1815.

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