verb (used with object)
to deceive, trick, or cheat.
a person who is easily deceived or cheated; dupe.
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 Charadriiformes related adjective larine
a person who is easily fooled or cheated
(transitive) to fool, cheat, or hoax
shore bird, early 15c. (in a cook book), probably from Brythonic Celtic, cf. Welsh gwylan “gull,” Cornish guilan, Breton goelann; all from Old Celtic *voilenno-. Replaced Old English mæw (see mew (n.1)).
cant term for “dupe, sucker, credulous person,” 1590s, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from verb meaning “to dupe, cheat” (1540s), earlier “to swallow” (1520s), ultimately from gull “throat, gullet” (early 15c.); see gullet. Or it is perhaps from (or influenced by) the bird (see gull (n.1)); in either case with a sense of “someone who will swallow anything thrown at him.” Another possibility is Middle English dialectal gull “newly hatched bird” (late 14c.), which is perhaps from Old Norse golr “yellow,” from the hue of its down.
[guhl-it] /ˈgʌl ɪt/ noun 1. the esophagus. 2. the throat or pharynx. 3. a channel for water. 4. a gully or ravine. 5. a preparatory cut in an excavation. 6. a concavity between two sawteeth, joining them at their bases. verb (used with object) 7. to form a concavity at the base of (a sawtooth). […]
[guhl-ee] /ˈgʌl i/ noun, plural gulleys. 1. 1 (defs 1, 2). [guhl-ee, goo l-ee] /ˈgʌl i, ˈgʊl i/ noun, plural gulleys. Scot. and North England. 1. 2 . [guhl-ee, goo l-ee] /ˈgʌl i, ˈgʊl i/ noun, plural gullies. Scot. and North England. 1. a knife, especially a large kitchen or butcher knife. /ˈɡʌlɪ/ noun (pl) […]
[guhl-uh-buh l] /ˈgʌl ə bəl/ adjective 1. easily deceived or cheated. /ˈɡʌləbəl/ adjective 1. easily taken in or tricked n. 1793, earlier cullibility (1728), probably from gull (n.2) “dupe, sucker” + -ability. adj. 1825, apparently a back-formation from gullibility. Gullable is attested from 1818.
[guhl-uh-buh l] /ˈgʌl ə bəl/ adjective 1. easily deceived or cheated. /ˈɡʌləbəl/ adjective 1. easily taken in or tricked adj. 1825, apparently a back-formation from gullibility. Gullable is attested from 1818.