gull

You know those birds that hang out by the ocean, and grab your sandwich if you aren't paying attention? Those are gulls, also known as sea gulls. Gulls are found in every continent, including Antarctica.

The noun gull has two very distinct definitions. Gulls are shore birds, of course, but lesser-used meaning of the word is "a person who is easy to fool." Your little brother might be a gull if you can trick him into doing your chores along with his own. You may know the related word gullible, which describes a willingness to believe anything, without questioning whether it is true.

Definitions of gull
  1. noun
    mostly white aquatic bird having long pointed wings and short legs
    synonyms: sea gull, seagull
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    Larus canus, mew, mew gull, sea mew
    the common gull of Eurasia and northeastern North America
    Larus marinus, black-backed gull, cob, great black-backed gull
    white gull having a black back and wings
    Larus argentatus, herring gull
    large gull of the northern hemisphere
    Larus ridibundus, blackcap, laughing gull, pewit, pewit gull
    small black-headed European gull
    Pagophila eburnea, ivory gull
    white Arctic gull; migrates as far south as England and New Brunswick
    kittiwake
    small pearl-grey gull of northern regions; nests on cliffs and has a rudimentary hind toe
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    larid
    long-winged web-footed aquatic bird of the gull family
  2. noun
    a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
    synonyms: chump, fall guy, fool, mark, mug, patsy, soft touch, sucker
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    dupe, victim
    a person who is tricked or swindled
  3. verb
    fool or hoax
    synonyms: befool, cod, dupe, fool, put on, put one across, put one over, slang, take in
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    kid, pull the leg of
    tell false information to for fun
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    betray, deceive, lead astray
    cause someone to believe an untruth
  4. verb
    make a fool or dupe of
    synonyms: befool, fool
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    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
    be false to; be dishonest with
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