Main definitions of mull in English

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mull1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Think about (something) deeply and at length.

    ‘she began to mull over the various possibilities’
    • ‘I'm going to have to think about it for a while, just to mull it over.’
    • ‘When you hear that detectives are mulling an interview with the prime minister himself, you know it's big.’
    • ‘It gives my hands something to do while I'm mulling things over.’
    • ‘At least with a letter you have time to mull things over - you have to write it, then buy a stamp, then take a trip to the post box.’
    • ‘Talent is always at the top of the agenda - and at the end of each meeting, the executive team mulls individual development decisions on key staffers.’
    • ‘I've been mulling it all over over the last few days and I've come to the conclusion that we are both right.’
    • ‘If I've had a stressful day, when I go out for a run I'm able to mull it over in my mind.’
    • ‘Pub manager Martin Day said afterwards: ‘We are mulling it over for the time being.’’
    • ‘Autumn, with its cool evenings and time to sit with feet propped on a trusty hamper, is an excellent time to mull ideas and review notes.’
    • ‘And yet after spending several hours mulling it over I find that I have almost nothing to say about it.’
    • ‘I held this thought for about five minutes mulling it over, before realising how ridiculous it was!’
    • ‘Pinsent is determined there will be no shooting from the lip and intends to take another couple of months to mull it over before announcing a decision.’
    • ‘But, mulling it over, I decided my problem with US television drama is bigger than that.’
    • ‘We are just really annoyed and we have four days to mull it over and make sure we do get it right at the weekend.’
    • ‘Well, I sat through this entire trial except for a few weeks, and I think that the jury did an excellent job of evaluating the case and mulling it over.’
    • ‘That evening, in Downings, the team mulled things over, and finally Dan came up with a suggestion.’
    • ‘I teach a class in online journalism (yes - I get to infect young minds with this stuff too!) and we'd had a long discussion about the question, so I'd been mulling it over.’
    • ‘As I was mulling it over, I had a sudden realisation that made a lot of sense - maybe they didn't want to win the election?’
    • ‘Mr Snippet will long since have abandoned all hope that I was ever going to respond to what he had to say, but I never quite forgot his point, and periodically, while shaving or whatever, I have been mulling things over.’
    • ‘Although nothing has been formally announced, Collins is mulling the idea over.’
    ponder, consider, think about, think over, reflect on, contemplate, deliberate, turn over in one's mind, chew over, weigh up, consider the pros and cons of, cogitate on, meditate on, muse on, ruminate on, ruminate over, brood on, have one's mind on, give some thought to, evaluate, examine, study, review, revolve
    pore on
    cerebrate
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Origin

Mid 19th century: of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation:

mull

/mʌl/

Main definitions of mull in English

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mull2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Warm (an alcoholic drink, especially wine or beer) and add sugar and spices to it.

    ‘a glass of mulled wine’
    • ‘Saturday 20th December: I will be watching The Muppets' Christmas Carol and drinking mulled wine. It'll be all festive and everything.’
    • ‘Mince pies and mulled wine was provided and served by Huby Women's Institute in the village hall, thanks to a financial donation by the parish council.’
    • ‘We drank some beer, mulled some wine, ate some mince pies, and managed to repair several cigarettes.’
    • ‘Propose a toast for the occasion with homemade hot cocoa, spiced tea, mulled cider or eggnog served in Spode Christmas Tree mugs.’
    • ‘As the first movie was concluding The Maiden went to the Kitchen to pour the well-mulled hot spiced cider into deep earthen mugs, filling them full and placing a cinnamon stick in each to use as a stir.’
    • ‘There will also be mulled sherry and mince pies in the centre's food court.’
    • ‘Sparkling wine is a perfectly acceptable alternative to champagne, as is mulled wine in winter, and will reduce your costs in this area by up to about 40 per cent.’
    • ‘Also on offer to keep out the cold will be mulled wine and mince pies.’
    • ‘Of course, there was more mulled wine to be enjoyed later in the day, as large crowds gathered in the town square at 5pm for the turning on of the Christmas lights.’
    • ‘Minced pies and mulled wine will be available and the shop will be selling everything you need to survive the festive season from hampers and gifts to trees and turkeys.’
    • ‘If all that mulled wine and merriment gives you indigestion, how about a touch of wartime austerity to bring a bit of balance?’
    • ‘To begin proceedings mulled wine will be served at 8pm which will be followed by a five-course dinner at 8.30 pm.’
    • ‘Eight people are huddled around the stove, drinking freshly mulled wine to keep out the chill.’
    • ‘There will also be smoked salmon sandwiches and mulled wine available on the car park of Hunters' Lodge.’
    • ‘We were then directed toward the great hall itself, where Elizabethan music could be heard, and mulled wine was being served.’
    • ‘It was so cold with the heating turned down that I decided to go for the first mulled wine of the year.’
    • ‘Dust down your copy of Last Christmas, get mulling that wine, and deck your house with as many dancing reindeer as you can find.’
    • ‘Only the alluring alcoholic whiff of freshly made mulled wine can surpass the spicy aroma of mince pies for generating genuine festive cheer.’
    • ‘Refreshments of finger foods, sandwiches, cakes and mulled wine were organised by Geraldine Cummins.’
    • ‘And white wines are mulled almost as often as red.’

Origin

Early 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

mull

/mʌl/

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mull3

noun

  • [mass noun] Humus formed under non-acid conditions.

    • ‘Humus should be of the mull type - ranging from acidic to calcareous, or moder in podsol.’
    • ‘Those woods with brown forest soils maintained mull humus, probably by virtue of their mixed floristic composition.’

Origin

1920s: from Danish muld soil.

Pronunciation:

mull

/mʌl/

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mull4

noun

Scottish
  • [in place names] A promontory.

    ‘the Mull of Kintyre’
    • ‘The Mull of Kintyre proper is the lump of the peninsula south of Campbeltown, with the lighthouse at Machrihanish on its north west.’
    • ‘The Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s most southerly point and is one of its least known parts.’

Origin

Middle English: compare with Scottish Gaelic maol and Icelandic múli.

Pronunciation:

mull

/mʌl/

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mull5

noun

  • [mass noun] Thin, soft, plain muslin, used in bookbinding for joining the spine of a book to its cover.

    • ‘It is made of a fine mull that is not imported to this country in the piece, and there is a satisfaction in wearing only hand-made garments.’
    • ‘The point of the needle darts back and forth, teasing the weave of the fine muslin, mull or cotton.’
    • ‘Connecting cover boards to the mull, rather than directly to the signatures themselves, allows for a strong but flexible backbone.’

Origin

Late 17th century: abbreviation, from Hindi malmal.

Pronunciation:

mull

/mʌl/

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Mull

proper noun

  • A large island of the Inner Hebrides; chief town, Tobermory. It is separated from the coast of Scotland near Oban by the Sound of Mull.

Pronunciation:

Mull

/mʌl/