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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

GULL, v.t. To deceive; to cheat; to mislead by deception; to trick; to defraud.
The vulgar, gull'd into rebellion, armed.
GULL, n. A cheating or cheat; trick; fraud.
1. One easily cheated.
GULL, n. A marine fowl of the genus Larus,and order of ansers. There are several species.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of [syn: chump, fool, gull, mark, patsy, fall guy, sucker, soft touch, mug]
2: mostly white aquatic bird having long pointed wings and short legs [syn: gull, seagull, sea gull] v
1: make a fool or dupe of [syn: fool, gull, befool]
2: fool or hoax; "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"; "You can't fool me!" [syn: gull, dupe, slang, befool, cod, fool, put on, take in, put one over, put one across]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh gwylan gull Date: 15th century any of numerous long-winged web-footed aquatic birds (subfamily Larinae of the family Laridae); especially a usually gray and white bird (especially of the genus Larus) differing from a tern in usually larger size, stouter build, thicker somewhat hooked bill, less pointed wings, and short unforked tail II. transitive verb Etymology: obsolete gull gullet, from Middle English golle, from Anglo-French gule, gole Date: circa 1550 to take advantage of (one who is foolish or unwary) ; deceive III. noun Date: 1594 a person who is easily deceived or cheated ; dupe

Britannica Concise

Any of more than 40 species of heavily built, web-footed seabirds (family Laridae) that are most abundant as breeders in temperate to arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Adults are mainly gray or white, with variable head markings. The bill is strong and slightly hooked, sometimes with a spot of color. Species differ in bill and leg colors and in wing patterns. Wingspreads range from 24 to 63 in. (0.6-1.6 m). Gulls feed on insects, mollusks, and crustaceans on beaches; worms and grubs in plowed fields; and fish and garbage from ships and along shores. Some large gulls prey on the eggs and young of other birds, incl. their own kind. See also herring gull, kittiwake.

U.S. Military Dictionary

(*) In electronic warfare, a floating radar reflector used to simulate a surface target at sea for deceptive purposes.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. any of various long-winged web-footed sea birds of the family Laridae, usu. having white plumage with a mantle varying from pearly-grey to black, and a bright bill. Derivatives: gullery n. (pl. -ies). Etymology: ME ult. f. OCelt. 2. v.tr. (usu. in passive; foll. by into) dupe, fool. Etymology: perh. f. obs. gull yellow f. ON gulr

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Gull Gull, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gulled; p. pr. & vb. n. Gulling.] [Prob. fr. gull the bird; but cf. OSw. gylla to deceive, D. kullen, and E. cullibility.] To deceive; to cheat; to mislead; to trick; to defraud. The rulgar, gulled into rebellion, armed. --Dryden. I'm not gulling him for the emperor's service. --Coleridge.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Gull Gull, n. 1. A cheating or cheat; trick; fraud. --Shak. 2. One easily cheated; a dupe. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Gull Gull, n. [Of Celtic origin; cf. Corn. gullan, W. gwylan.] (Zo["o]l.) One of many species of long-winged sea birds of the genus Larus and allied genera. Note: Among the best known American species are the herring gull (Larus argentatus), the great black-backed gull (L. murinus) the laughing gull (L. atricilla), and Bonaparte's gull (L. Philadelphia). The common European gull is Larus canus. Gull teaser (Zo["o]l.), the jager; -- also applied to certain species of terns.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(gulls) A gull is a common sea bird. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. Deceive, cheat, dupe, trick, chouse, cozen overreach, circumvent, beguile, impose upon. II. n. 1. Cheat, trick, deception, imposition, fraud. 2. Dupe, cat's-paw. 3. Mew, cob, seamew, sea-cob.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A simple credulous fellow, easily cheated.

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