- to calm or soothe by gentle sound or motionchiefly in lull to sleep
- to bring into a specified condition by soothing and reassuring: to lull people into a false sense of security
- to make less intense; quiet; allay: to lull someone's fears
Origin of lullMiddle English lullen, of echoic origin, originally
verblulled, lull·ing, lulls
- To cause to sleep or rest; soothe or calm: The sound of the waves lulled me to sleep.
- To deceive into trustfulness: “that honeyed charm that he used so effectively to lull his victims” ( S.J. Perelman )
- A relatively calm interval, as in a storm.
- An interval of lessened activity: a lull in sales.
Origin of lullMiddle English lullen possibly of Low German origin
(third-person singular simple present lulls, present participle lulling, simple past and past participle 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.