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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.
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.


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