lullay

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Imitative or onomatopoeic sounds to lull a child to sleep. See also lull and lullaby. Compare Icelandic lúlla, German lullen.

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lullay

  1. (archaic) Used to soothe or urge someone to sleep.
    • 1866, Edmund Sedding, "Lullaby Carols", The Gentlemen's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, page 89:
      ...in "Ludus Coventriæ", of the 15th century, we find a specimen of a Lullaby Song ... lully, lullay, Thou little tiny CHILD,