gull

noun (1)
\ ˈgəl How to pronounce gull (audio) \

Definition of gull

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: any of numerous long-winged web-footed aquatic birds (subfamily Larinae of the family Laridae) especially : a usually gray and white bird (especially of the genus Larus) differing from a tern in usually larger size, stouter build, thicker somewhat hooked bill, less pointed wings, and short unforked tail

gull

verb
gulled; gulling; gulls

Definition of gull (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to take advantage of (one who is foolish or unwary) : deceive

gull

noun (2)

Definition of gull (Entry 3 of 3)

: a person who is easily deceived or cheated : dupe

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Examples of gull in a Sentence

Verb

we were gulled into believing that if we answered the e-mail, we'd somehow become millionaires, but instead we just got put on a list for junk mail

First Known Use of gull

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gull

Noun (1)

Middle English, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh gwylan gull

Verb

obsolete gull gullet, from Middle English golle, from Anglo-French gule, gole

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The first known use of gull was in the 15th century

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gull

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gull

old-fashioned : to fool or trick (someone)

gull

noun
\ ˈgəl How to pronounce gull (audio) \

Kids Definition of gull

: a waterbird with webbed feet that is usually gray and white in color and has a thick strong bill

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