Pronunciation Noun

gull (plural gulls)

  1. A seabird of the genus Larus or of the family Laridae.
  2. Any of various pierid butterflies of the genus Cepora.
Synonyms Translations Noun

gull (plural gulls)

  1. (slang) A cheating trick; a fraud.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 2 Scene 3
      BENEDICK. [Aside] I should think this a gull, but that the white-bearded fellow speaks it: knavery cannot, sure, hide itself in such reverence.
  2. One easily cheated; a dupe.
  3. (obsolete, Oxford University slang) A swindler or trickster.
Synonyms Verb

gull (gulls, present participle gulling; past and past participle gulled)

  1. To deceive or cheat.
    • 1610, Ben Jonson, The Alchemist
      O, but to ha' gulled him / Had been a mastery.
    • 1660, John Dryden, Astraea Redux
      The vulgar, gulled into rebellion, armed.
    • c. 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wallenstein
      I'm not gulling him for the emperor's service.
    • 1819, John Keats, Otho the Great, Act IV, Scene I, verse 162-165
      […] speak your curses out
      Against me, who would sooner crush and grind
      A brace of toads, than league with them to oppress
      An innocent lady, gull an Emperor […]
  2. (US, slang) To mislead.
  3. (US, slang) To trick and defraud.
Synonyms Translations
  • Russian: обма́нывать


gull (plural gulls)

  1. (soccer) A player, supporter or other person connected with Torquay United Football Club.

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