Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To pick out from others; select.
  • transitive verb To gather; collect.
  • transitive verb To remove rejected members or parts from (a herd, for example).
  • noun Something picked out from others, especially something rejected because of inferior quality.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fool; a dupe.
  • A variant of coll.
  • noun Something picked or culled out; specifically, an object selected from among a collection or aggregate, and placed on one side, or rejected, because of inferior quality: usually in the plural: as
  • A Middle English form of kill.
  • To gather; pick; collect.
  • To pick out; select or separate one or more of from others: often with out.
  • To inspect and measure, as timber.
  • noun A local English (Gloucestershire) name for the fish miller's-thumb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To separate, select, or pick out; to choose and gather or collect.
  • noun A cully; a dupe; a gull. See cully.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To pick or take someone or something (from a larger group).
  • verb To gather, collect.
  • verb To select animals from a group and then kill them in order to reduce the numbers of the group in a controlled manner.
  • verb nonstandard, euphemistic To kill (animals etc).
  • verb To lay off in order to reduce the size of, get rid of.
  • noun A selection.
  • noun An organised killing of selected animals.
  • noun A piece unfit for inclusion within a larger group; an inferior specimen.
  • noun slang, dialectal A fool, gullible person; a dupe.

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

  • noun the person or thing that is rejected or set aside as inferior in quality
  • verb look for and gather
  • verb remove something that has been rejected

Etymologies

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

[Middle English cullen, from Old French cuillir, from Latin colligere; see collect.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French cuillir ("collect, gather, select"), from Latin colligo ("gather together").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Perhaps an abbreviation of cully.

Examples

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  • "Subsequently he enclosed a bloom of edelweiss culled on the heights, as he said, in my honour."

    Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    February 6, 2007

  • Citation (sense of fool, dupe) on nubbing cheat.

    December 23, 2011