Lulling



[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.
/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
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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