Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various chiefly coastal aquatic birds of the family Laridae, having long wings, webbed feet, a thick, slightly hooked beak, and usually gray and white plumage.
  • n. A person who is easily tricked or cheated; a dupe.
  • transitive v. To deceive or cheat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A seabird of the genus Larus or of the family Laridae.
  • n. A cheating trick; a fraud.
  • n. One easily cheated; a dupe.
  • v. To deceive or cheat
  • v. To mislead
  • v. To trick and defraud

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cheating or cheat; trick; fraud.
  • n. One easily cheated; a dupe.
  • n. One of many species of long-winged sea birds of the genus Larus and allied genera.
  • transitive v. To deceive; to cheat; to mislead; to trick; to defraud.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deceive; cheat; mislead by deception; trick; defraud.
  • Synonyms To dupe, cozen, beguile, impose upon.
  • To sweep away by the force of running water: same as gully.
  • To swallow.
  • n. An unfledged bird; a nestling.
  • n. A gosling.
  • n. A large trout.
  • n. Compare gullfish.
  • n. The bloom of the willow in the spring.
  • n. A simpleton; a fool; a dupe; one easily cheated.
  • n. A cheating or cheat; a trick; fraud.
  • n.
  • n. A long-winged, web-footed bird of the subfamily Larinæ, family Laridæ, and order Longipennes.
  • n. Some sea-bird resembling a gull, as a skua or jäger, a tern or sea-swallow, a booby or gannet, etc.
  • n. The young of the herring-gull, Larus argentatus, and of sundry related species, when the plumage is mostly gray.
  • n. The white-winged gull, Larus leucopterus. Both have been called Larus islandicus.
  • n. A channel for water; also, a stream.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
  • v. fool or hoax
  • n. mostly white aquatic bird having long pointed wings and short legs
  • v. make a fool or dupe of

Etymologies

Middle English gulle, possibly of Brythonic origin.
Probably from gull, to swallow (obsolete), from Middle English golen, to pretend to swallow, from gole, throat, perhaps from Old French goule; see gullet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from Breton gouelan. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • BESIDES BEING the name of an aquatic bird, the word gull is also a verb that means “to deceive or cheat” according to the American Heritage College Dictionary.

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  • Glaucous gulls L. hyperboreus and Kelp gulls L. dominicanus were also nested within L. argentatus, and the discovery about the Kelp gull is interesting: this species is unique to the Southern Hemisphere, and Liebers et al. (2004) concluded that it must have evolved via long-distance colonisation ‘from the same ancestral population as the Lesser black-backed gull, suggesting that its ancestors were highly migratory, as nominate Lesser black-backed gulls still are today’ (p. 895).

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  • No no no no NO: the Herring gull is NOT a ring species!

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  • It is this habit in the gulls of parting with their property [disgorging the contents of their stomachs to the skuas], which has given rise to the terms gull, guller, and gulling, among men. "

    Cape Cod

  • In the mountains they collect at this season vast numbers of the eggs of a species of sea-gull, which is very common here.

    Travels in Nubia

  • Two or more penguins will combine to push a third in front of them against a skua gull, which is one of their enemies, for he eats their eggs or their young if he gets the chance.

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  • The gull was a small white variety about the size of a pigeon, with a black ruff around its neck.

    On the Fringe of the Great Fight

  • He shouted this frantically, but a wild and mournful cry from a gull was the only response, and his voice seemed to be utterly lost in the vast space around.

    Cutlass and Cudgel

  • The gull is a pretty and graceful bird, somewhat resembling the pigeon in shape and agility.

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  • In addition, gull means 1. throat; 2. gullet (oesophagus, esophagus).

    February 29, 2012

  • a cant term in online etymology dictionary

    September 19, 2011

  • Scots goo or gow. --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    May 19, 2011

  • See gulls and buoys.

    January 18, 2010

  • Hmmmm. Gulls and guise. Hmmmm.

    December 2, 2009

  • Not yet. But it can be if you want.

    December 2, 2009

  • Hang on, is gull wordie talk for girl?

    I think I'm confused. I thought it was just some strange obsession with gulls (birds).

    December 2, 2009

  • "A new purchase at some monster sale for which a gull has been mulcted. Meretricious finery to deceive the eye." Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 1, 2008