One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A quiet, gentle song sung to send a child to sleep.
cradle song, soothing song, gentle song, quiet songView synonyms
- ‘I dreamt of a rainy day, one of those days when the crackle of water on the windows acts like a lullaby, a gentle drumming to make you slip into afternoon sleep against the strange worlds inside your book.’
- ‘She tucked her into bed and sang her a soft lullaby.’
- ‘Feeling that resonance was an extraordinary experience that was both like listening to a lullaby and an awakening song.’
- ‘Participants learned the old lullabies and folk songs of their mothers and grandmothers joyfully and enthusiastically.’
- ‘They bantered a few minutes more before everyone quieted down and simply enjoyed the ambience and the lullaby being sung for them.’
- ‘You see, my mother used to sing me a lullaby before I went to sleep.’
- ‘He started singing a lullaby, and I stood in the doorway, watching them.’
- ‘One of the earliest lullabies in English was written during the time of King Edward II of England in the 14th century.’
- ‘Kara's voice was more subtle, and her soft lullabies on quiet Alabama nights made it seem as though everything was right with the world.’
- ‘Children are encouraged to sing songs during the day and lullabies before they sleep.’
- ‘In this collection are old British and American ballads, Civil War songs, blues, frolic tunes, children's games, nonsense songs, lullabies, spirituals, and more.’
- ‘In fact, he said if you woke up, I was to sing you a lullaby to get you back to sleep if I had to.’
- ‘As for new songs, there's a Latvian lullaby, a Czech dirge and a Bulgarian ballad.’
- ‘His singing-voice sounded so soft, like he was singing a lullaby.’
- ‘The music is Celtic-Emerald Isle - the songs are a lullaby.’
- ‘The music is the best thing about the film, which includes spirituals, work songs, a lullaby, and a great sequence in a saloon with honky-tonk jazz.’
- ‘In the world of today, there is a need of the power of lullabies.’
- ‘I arrive to a small door that was open halfway, and in the small room I see Holly holding a small bundle in her arms, walking back and forth, while singing her little lullaby.’
- ‘Whether it be a new tune or a timeless classic, these lullabies are sure to do the trick and calm even the most active youth.’
- ‘Their traditional music includes work songs, hymns, lullabies, ballads, and healing songs.’
Sing to (someone) to get them to go to sleep.‘she lullabied us, she fed us’
soothe, quiet, hush, lullabyView synonyms
- ‘Another such piece, ‘Child Falling Asleep,’ lulls the mind into a sleepy state, much as he might have imagined lullabying his own children at bedtime.’
- ‘Two yellow birds are sitting atop the cradle as if lullabying the child.’
- ‘For the next ten years until the death of Philip V (the first Spanish Bourbon and father of the first Neapolitan Bourbon), Farinelli lullabied the depressed king to sleep with the same four songs every night!’
- ‘However, these songs all share the common unifying characteristic of lullabying children to sleep for generations past and generations to come.’
- ‘Sunshine will appeal to story group times at schools and libraries, as well as parents and grandparents lullabying their children to sleep at bedtime.’
Mid 16th century: from lull + bye-bye, a sound used as a refrain in lullabies; compare with bye-byes.
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