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gull

noun \ ˈgəl \

Definition of gull

: 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

Origin and Etymology of gull

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


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gull

verb

Definition of gull

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

Examples of gull in a Sentence

  1. 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

Origin and Etymology of gull

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


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gull

noun

Definition of gull

: a person who is easily deceived or cheated : dupe

First Known Use of gull

1594


GULL Defined for English Language Learners

gull

verb

Definition of gull for English Language Learners

  • : to fool or trick (someone)


GULL Defined for Kids

gull

noun \ ˈgəl \

Definition of gull for Students

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


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