(third-person singular simple present lulls, present participle lulling, simple past and past participle lulled)
- To cause to rest by soothing influences; to compose; to calm; to soothe; to quiet.
- (intransitive) To become gradually calm; to subside; to cease or abate.
- The storm lulled.
From Middle English lullen, lollen. Cognate with Scots lul, lule, loll (“to lull, put to sleep, howl, caterwaul"), Dutch lollen (“to sing badly, caterwaul"), Dutch lullen (“to chatter, prate, cheat, deceive"), Low German lullen (“to lull"), German lullen (“to lull"), Danish lulle (“to lull, sing to sleep"), Swedish lulla (“to lull"), Icelandic lulla (“to lull"). Originally, perhaps expressive in origin from la-la-la or lu-lu-lu sounds made in calming a child.