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[luhl] /lʌl/
verb (used with object)
to put to sleep or rest by soothing means:
to lull a child by singing.
to soothe or quiet.
to give or lead to feel a false sense of safety; cause to be less alert, aware, or watchful.
verb (used without object)
to quiet down, let up, or subside:
furious activity that finally lulled.
a temporary calm, quiet, or stillness:
a lull in a storm.
a soothing sound:
the lull of falling waters.
a pacified or stupefied condition:
The drug had put him in a lull.
1300-50; Middle English lullen, of expressive orig.; compare Swedish lulla, German lullen, Latin lallāre to sing lullaby
Related forms
luller, noun
lullingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lulled
  • In fact, many had been lulled into a false sense of security because of the endowment.
  • It'll kick you again, though, if you let yourself be lulled.
  • It's all too easy to get lulled into complacency by the easy visual pickings.
  • We steam through the night, lulled by the rolling gait of the boat.
  • As a result, many users may be lulled into a false sense of safety.
  • So spake she, and lulled her queen's lamentation, and made her eyes to cease from weeping.
  • When action lulled, he would scan the seascape for clues to better spots.
  • The frequency of brain waves spikes briefly as the patient is lulled into unconsciousness, and then it slows.
  • For now claims that things will be rosier at year's end may have lulled some into a false sense of security.
  • Leaders in the region, lulled into complicity by the ease with which they had subdued their populations to date, didn't listen.
British Dictionary definitions for lulled


to soothe (a person or animal) by soft sounds or motions (esp in the phrase lull to sleep)
to calm (someone or someone's fears, suspicions, etc), esp by deception
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



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.


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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