- 1Calm or send to sleep, typically with soothing sounds or movements: the rhythm of the boat lulled her to sleepMore example sentences
soothe, calm, hush; rock
- Edmund replied and closed his eyes with a sigh, falling into a deep sleep, lulled by the sound of the waves and Eleanor's voice.
- The methodic rocking of the train and Harvey's steady hands lulled her overtaxed and sleep deprived mind into a deep slumber.
- I closed my eyes, and felt myself being slowly lulled to sleep.
- 1.1Cause (someone) to feel deceptively secure or confident: the rarity of earthquakes there has lulled people into a false sense of securityMore example sentences
- There are times I am lulled by familiarity, and I have spent time with people who are less than challenging.
- The design does exactly what it should: it lulls us into a false sense of security.
- Too often, the descriptions are imprecise, perhaps because of Johnson's overzealous desire to unleash sequence after sequence of arresting images, even if it means lulling us into uncertainty.
- 1.2Allay (a person’s doubts, fears, or suspicions), typically by deception.More example sentences
- The Castle was built to resemble a huge trading house to lull the suspicions of the Iroquois Indians, who believed the French were there to take over their territory.
- I have always been good enough to see when I have lulled suspicion.
- She was trying to lull your suspicions so she could escape.
- 1.3 [no object] (Of noise or a storm) abate or fall quiet: conversation lulled for an hourMore example sentences
- With difficulty, they squeezed their way up to the large drawing room to be announced; the buzz of many conversations lulling for a moment as the guests took in the dowager's rare public appearance.
- The guests continued to chitchat through the meal, the conversation lulling to a dull murmur near the middle as they became full and rather sleepy.
- Things were sort of sedate after that and the conversation lulled, then dropped off entirely.
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- A temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity: for two days there had been a lull in the fightingMore example sentences
- What did I do with conversation lulls before I could say ‘Shall I put the kettle on?’
- It's the longest lull in this investigation since he started striking about three weeks ago?
- After a proceedings lull, Celtic produced their fourth of the afternoon.
the lull before the storm
- see storm.
Middle English: imitative of sounds used to calm a child; compare with Latin lallare 'sing to sleep', Swedish lulla 'hum a lullaby', and Dutch lullen 'talk nonsense'. The noun (first recorded in the sense 'soothing drink') dates from the mid 17th century.