lullaby

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lullaby the act of singing a quiet song to lull a child to sleep
    • n lullaby a quiet song intended to lull a child to sleep
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • lullaby A song to quiet babes or lull them to sleep; that which quiets.
    • lullaby Hence: Good night; good-by.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lullaby A song sung to lull children to sleep; a cradle-song.
    • n lullaby A cradle-song, or an instrumental piece in the style of a cradle-song; a berceuse.
    • lullaby To lull to sleep; hush with a lullaby.
    • n lullaby Hence Good night; good-by.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lullaby a song to lull children to sleep, a cradle-song
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Quotations

  • James Fenton
    James Fenton
    “The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Lull (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., as in Sw. lulla; imit. like Ger. lallen, Gr. lalein.

Usage

In literature:

But it turned out to be the lullaby with which two men were tooling ten black pigs over the pass.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
Then the sea rolled up on to the shore, and sang "Lullaby, lullaby," so sweetly, that Rollo fell fast asleep.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
I see the fairies at their play, and I hear mothers singing lullabies.
"The Mouse and The Moonbeam" by Eugene Field
Fast and furious they went at it, singing sweet lullabys to the slumbering tars of the watch below.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
The singing of lullabies, and the rocking of children to sleep, were common amongst the ancients.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
It was a strange cradle, with only the sea to sing her lullaby, and wash her lovingly, like a tender mother!
"Soap-Bubble Stories" by Fanny Barry
She had come to regard its gentle reiteration as a sort of pleasant lullaby, and jogged along more peacefully than ever.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
Anyone would think it was a disgrace not to have been lullabyed to sleep when a baby by a symphony orchestra!
"The Smart Set" by Clyde Fitch
But now sleep and get strong again; I will sing you a lullaby.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Having gone through one or two as specimens, Fraeulein selected the lullaby and set the girls to work at it.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
Again the bees droned their drowsy lullaby.
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
Sing me a lullaby, O Mother eternal!
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
And she sang to them a lullaby so surpassing sweet that the sea-birds hushed their cries and flocked to listen to the sad, slow music.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The pretty German lullaby rises unbidden, and is pushed away by the quick, sad thoughts that will not listen to it.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
This one is called 'Lullaby of a Woman of the Mountain.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
The weariness of the long night conquered even my brain, the steady splash of the paddles becoming a lullaby.
"Beyond the Frontier" by Randall Parrish
The children tied the smaller dolls in board cradles, hung them to the lodge poles, and sang lullabies.
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor
The pine-trees on the knoll rustled softly, and the sound was as soothing as a lullaby.
"Peggy Raymond's Vacation" by Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
The lullaby made Puss, Jr., sleepy, for the man's voice was low and tender, and Puss was very tired.
"The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Jr." by David Cory
The monotonous, droning tone produced a drowsy influence like a lullaby.
"A Captive of the Roman Eagles" by Felix Dahn
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In poetry:

"Ah! who will watch thee as thou sleep'st?
Who 'll sing a lullaby,
Or rock thy cradle when thou weep'st,
If I should chance to die?"
"The Troops Were Embarked" by John Mayne
"Ah! who will watch thee as thou sleep'st?
"Who'll sing a lullaby,
"Or rock thy cradle, when thou weep'st,
"If I shou'd chance to die!"
"Rosabell" by John Mayne
O Health! when thou art fled, how vain
The witchery of earth and skies,
Love's look, or music's sweetest strain,
Or Ocean's softest lullabies!
"Lines To Health" by Sir John Carr
"I'll wander 'till thy sire I've found,
I'll lure his footsteps where you lie;
While mantling waters murmur round,
And wild-winds sing your lullaby.
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent
Her blowing winds but keep the rockers swinging,
And deepen slumber in the shut blue eyes,
And the shrill cadences of her high singing
Are to the babe but wonted lullabies.
"By The Cradle" by Susan Coolidge
Dull despair and misery
Lie about them from their birth;
Ugly curses, uglier mirth,
Are their earliest lullaby;
Fathers have they without name,
Mothers crushed by want and shame.
"The Street-Children's Dance" by Mathilde Blind

In news:

Lullaby Renditions' Album Arriving in August.
Country's Newest Trio Does Brad Paisley Cover "Whiskey Lullaby ".
Jennifer Hudson sings new ' Lullaby .
You can download Jennifer Hudson's take on " Lullaby and Goodnight" for free at www.facebook.com/pampers.
Garrett Hedlund, Jennifer Hudson, Amy Adams Sign Up for Andrew Levitas' ' Lullaby '.
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" Lullaby " is a new song from Nickelback and can be heard today on Sunny 101.9 WKQS.
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth recommends the new album of lullaby versions of the band's songs to sooth your kid.
Avril Lavigne 'Goodbye Lullaby ' album leaks.
Avril Lavigne's fourth studio album "Goodbye Lullaby " is due out March 8th, yet the first single, "What The Hell," has only peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
George Shearing, ' Lullaby of Birdland' Jazz Virtuoso, Dies at 91.
George Shearing, English-born jazz pianist whose ' Lullaby ' became a standard, dies at 91.
Lullaby Renditions of Taylor Swift.
Avril Lavigne to Release 'Goodbye Lullaby ' Album in March.
'Last Lullaby ' backstory is more interesting than movie.
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