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

  • transitive v. To cause to sleep or rest; soothe or calm.
  • transitive v. To deceive into trustfulness: "that honeyed charm that he used so effectively to lull his victims” ( S.J. Perelman).
  • intransitive v. To become calm.
  • n. A relatively calm interval, as in a storm.
  • n. An interval of lessened activity: a lull in sales.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A period of rest or soothing
  • n. a period without waves or wind.
  • n. An extended pause between sets of waves.
  • v. To cause to rest by soothing influences; to compose; to calm; to soothe; to quiet.
  • v. of the surface of the sea, to not move due to a lack of wind and waves.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The power or quality of soothing; that which soothes; a lullaby.
  • n. A temporary cessation of storm or confusion.
  • intransitive v. To become gradually calm; to subside; to cease or abate for a time.
  • transitive v. To cause to rest by soothing influences; to compose; to calm; to soothe; to quiet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To quiet; compose; assuage; caress; cause to rest or subside by gentle, soothing means: as, to lull a child or a feverish patient; to lull grief, pain, or suspicion.
  • To deceive.
  • Synonyms To calm, hush, tranquilize.
  • To subside; cease; become calm: as, the wind lulls.
  • n. That which lulls; a quieting or soothing influence.
  • n. Temporary quiet and rest; suspension of activity or turmoil, as in a storm or any kind of excessive action.

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

  • v. make calm or still
  • n. a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished
  • n. a period of calm weather
  • v. calm by deception
  • v. become quiet or less intensive


Middle English lullen, possibly of Low German origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)



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  • It often happens on Saturday mornings :-(

    June 18, 2009

  • No comments in the past two hours. An unusual lull in Wordieland. A little eerie.

    June 18, 2009

  • Agreed, SoG! "Lull" came to mind immediately when I decided to put a one-syllable word on my favorites list. Only plinth tops it for me.

    November 25, 2007

  • An 'l' of a word.

    November 25, 2007