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.
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
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.
- Lull into
Deceive into trustfulness, as in The steadily rising market lulled investors into a false sense of security. The earliest recorded version of this term referred to wine: “Fitter indeed to bring and lull men asleep in the bed of security” (Philemon Holland, Pliny’s Historie of the World, 1601. Today it still often appears with the […]
[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, […]
[loo-lee, French ly-lee for 1; luhl-ee for 2] /ˈlu li, French lüˈli for 1; ˈlʌl i for 2/ noun 1. Italian Lulli [lool-lee] /ˈlul li/ (Show IPA). Jean Baptiste [zhahn ba-teest] /ʒɑ̃ baˈtist/ (Show IPA), 1632–87, French composer, especially of operas and ballets, born in Italy. 2. Catalan Lull [lool] /lul/ (Show IPA). Raymond or […]
[loo-loo] /ˈlu lu/ noun 1. Slang. any remarkable or outstanding person or thing: His black eye is a lulu. 2. (initial capital letter) a female given name, form of . [loo-loo] /ˈlu lu/ noun, Slang. 1. a fixed allowance paid to a legislator in lieu of reimbursement for actual expenses. /ˈluːluː/ noun 1. (slang) a […]