• (British, America) IPA: /kʌl/

cull (culls, present participle culling; past and past participle culled)

  1. To pick or take someone or something (from a larger group).
    • 1984, cover star: JOE DALLESANDRO culled from Andy Warhol's FLESH — anonymous; sleeve notes from The Smiths' eponymous album
  2. To gather, collect.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Eleanor
      whitest honey in fairy gardens cull'd
  3. To select animals from a group and then kill them in order to reduce the numbers of the group in a controlled manner.
  4. (nonstandard, euphemistic) To kill (animals etc).
  5. To lay off in order to reduce the size of, get rid of.
Translations Translations Noun

cull (plural culls)

  1. A selection.
  2. An organised killing of selected animals.
  3. (farming, agriculture) An individual animal selected to be killed, or item of produce to be discarded.
  4. (seafood industry) A lobster having only one claw.
  5. A piece unfit for inclusion within a larger group; an inferior specimen.

cull (plural culls)

  1. (slang, dialectal) A fool, gullible person; a dupe.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 307:
      Follow but my counsel, and I will show you a way to empty the pocket of a queer cull without any danger of the nubbing cheat.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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