lull

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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Noun[edit]

lull ‎(plural lulls)

  1. A period of rest or soothing
  2. (nautical) a period without waves or wind.
  3. (surfing) An extended pause between sets of waves.
    About 2 hours in, a long lull cleared everyone out, and then it started getting a little more consistent and pushing chest ta neck high — 808surfer.com forum [1]

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Holding in one's arms is a common technique to lull into sleep.

lull ‎(third-person singular simple present lulls, present participle lulling, simple past and past participle lulled)

  1. (transitive) To cause to rest by soothing influences; to compose; to calm; to soothe; to quiet.
    • Spenser
      to lull him soft asleep
    • Milton
      Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie, / To lull the daughters of necessity.
  2. (intransitive) To become gradually calm; to subside; to cease or abate.
    The storm lulled.

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