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.
male proper name, from Old French goulafre “glutton,” a very common name, found as a surname in Domesday Book (William Gulafra).
[guhl] /gʌl/ noun 1. any of numerous long-winged, web-toed, aquatic birds of the family Laridae, having usually white plumage with a gray back and wings. /ɡʌl/ noun 1. 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 […]
[guhl-wing] /ˈgʌlˌwɪŋ/ adjective 1. (of an automobile door) hinged at the top and opening upward. 2. having gull-wing doors: a gull-wing sports car. 3. having or resembling airplane gull wings. noun 1. an airplane wing that slants briefly upward from the fuselage and then extends horizontally outward. /ˈɡʌlˌwɪŋ/ adjective 1. (of a car door) opening […]
[guhl-ee] /ˈgʌl i/ noun, plural gullies. Also, (for defs 1, 2). 1. a small valley or ravine originally worn away by running water and serving as a drainageway after prolonged heavy rains. 2. a ditch or gutter. 3. Cricket. verb (used with object), gullied, gullying. 4. to make gullies in. 5. to form (channels) by […]