One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A calm or quiet state; stillness, tranquillity.
2Shelter; a peaceful or sheltered place.
1Of the weather, a body of water, or some other natural feature or phenomenon: calm, still.
2Especially of a person: gentle, calm, quiet.
3Of a place: sheltered; cosy, snug.
Calmly, quietly; peacefully, tranquilly.
verbNorthern, Canadian Regional, Scottish, Irish English, Labrador, English Regional, Newfoundland
1with object To make calm, to lull.
2no object To become calm or quiet.
Middle English. Originally from early Scandinavian (compare Old Icelandic logn, Norwegian regional logn, Old Swedish lughn (Swedish lugn), Old Danish lun, lugn, loghn, lundh (early modern Danish luun, lowen, Danish lun, lune), all nouns in sense ‘calm, stillness, tranquillity’, and also Old Icelandic lygn (adjective) calm, Norwegian lun, (regional) logn, Old Swedish lughn (Swedish lugn, lygn), Danish lun, all adjectives in sense ‘still, calm’) from the same Germanic base as Old Icelandic lauss free, unencumbered<br>late 15th century (in an earlier sense). From lown.
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