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Dictionary Definition



1 a term used in Scottish names of promontories; "the Mull of Kintyre"
2 an island in western Scotland in the Inner Hebrides


1 reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate" [syn: chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull over, ruminate, speculate]
2 heat with sugar and spices to make a hot drink; "mulled cider"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a US /mʌl/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌl


  1. To work (over) mentally; to cogitate; to ruminate; usually with over.
    to mull over a thought or a problem
  2. To chop marijuana so that it becomes a smokable form.
  3. To heat and spice something, such as wine.
  4. To join two (or more) individual window(s) at mullion(s).

Derived terms


to work over mentally
  • Dutch: overwegen, overdenken
  • Finnish: miettiä, pohtia
  • German: erwägen
to chop marijuana so that it becomes a smokable form
to heat and spice something, such as wine


  1. A thin, soft muslin.
  2. Marijuana that has been prepared for smoking by way of chopping it.



  1. headland

Extensive Definition

Mull could refer to:
  • Mull, an Anglicization of the Gaelic Maol, is a term for a rounded hill, summit, or mountain, bare of trees (it has also been used, in Gaelic, to refer to a forehead, or to a shaved head). As an adjective, the word is used to indicate something which is bare, dull, or bald. In Scotland, the term is most commonly found in use in the southwest of the country, where it is often applied to headlands or promontories, and, often more specifically, for the tip of that promontory or peninsula. Gaelic spelling rules require that maol, in certain syntactical arrangements, be lenited: that is, an h is inserted after the first letter, if the first letter is a consonant (and not an l, n, or r). This h makes the preceding consonant silent, or changes its sound (mh, or bh, for instance, are silent or sound like an English v). Gaelic spelling rules also require that, with the first letter lenited, the last vowel should be slender (an i, or an e). As both vowels in maol are broad, an i is inserted after. These two changes alter the sound of maol (rhymes with mull) to mhaoil (rhymes with uell, or well), as in Creachmhaoil (creach + maol). Consequently, maol, where it appears combined in place names, may not be Anglicized as mull. Creachmhaoil is typically Anglicized (as a toponym) as Craughwell. The reverse is also true, and though mull appears in numerous Irish and Scottish toponyms, a convoluted history of Anglicizations means that in many it may have no connection to the word maol. The Gaelic mullach (often found as mullagh) is a variation of maol/mull. Dwelly's (Scottish) Gaelic-to-English dictionary gives the basic definition: the top, summit, or extremity of anything. It is common in the names of Irish prominences, such as Mullaghmore (An Mullach Mór), Mullaghaneany, Mullaghcloga, and Mullaghcarn. Notable mulls include:
mull in German: Mull
mull in Spanish: Mull
mull in French: Mull

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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