[usually singular] lull (in something) a quiet period between times of activity a lull in the conversation/fighting Just before an attack everything would go quiet but we knew it was just the lull before the storm (= before a time of noise or trouble). Word Origin Middle English: imitative of sounds used to quieten a child; compare with Latin lallare
‘sing to sleep’, Swedish lulla ‘hum a lullaby’, and Dutch lullen ‘talk nonsense’. The noun (first recorded in the sense ‘soothing drink’) dates from the mid 17th cent.Extra examples They crossed the road during a lull in the traffic. a brief lull in the fighting Just before an attack everything would go quiet, but we knew it was just the lull before the storm. There was a lull in the conversation. There will probably be a lull over the winter, followed by a resurgence of activity next spring.