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This page has 18 definitions of sell with English translations in 5 languages. Sell is a verb, noun, pronoun and determiner. Examples of how to use sell in a sentence are shown. Also define these 32 related words and terms: good, service, exchange, money, promote, betray, trick, cheat, manipulate, professional wrestling, easy, task, imposition, hoax, disappointment, pride, dignity, make a hash of, seat, stool, saddle, rope, look, glance, that, one, sell, pool, calm, water, , and gjär.

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English sellen, from Old English sellan (give; give up for money), from Proto-Germanic *saljaną, from Proto-Indo-European *selh₁-. Compare Danish sælge, Swedish sälja, Icelandic selja.

Verb

sell (third-person singular simple present sells, present participle selling, simple past and past participle sold)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, ditransitive) To transfer goods or provide services in exchange for money.
    I'll sell you all three for a hundred dollars.
    Sorry, I'm not prepared to sell.
  2. (ergative) To be sold.
    This old stock will never sell.
    The corn sold for a good price.
  3. To promote a product or service.
    • 2016, "The Fetal Kick Catalyst", The Big Bang Theory
      Howard: You're gonna feel terrible when I'm in a wheelchair. Which, by the way, would fit easily in the back of this award-winning minivan.
      Bernadette: Fine, we'll go to the E.R. Just stop selling me on the van.
      Howard: You're right. It sells itself.
  4. To promote a particular viewpoint.
    My boss is very old-fashioned and I'm having a lot of trouble selling the idea of working at home occasionally.
  5. To betray for money.
  6. (slang) To trick, cheat, or manipulate someone.
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Charles Dickens to this entry?)
    • 1884, Mark Twain, chapter XXIII, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
      House was jammed again that night, and we sold this crowd the same way.
    • 2011 January 12, Saj Chowdhury, “Blackpool 2-1 Liverpool”, in BBC:
      Raul Meireles was the victim of the home side's hustling on this occasion giving the ball away to the impressive David Vaughan who slipped in Taylor-Fletcher. The striker sold Daniel Agger with the best dummy of the night before placing his shot past keeper Pepe Reina.
  7. (professional wrestling, slang) To pretend that an opponent's blows or maneuvers are causing legitimate injury; to act.
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Noun

sell (plural sells)

  1. An act of selling.
    This is going to be a tough sell.
  2. An easy task.
  3. (colloquial, dated) An imposition, a cheat; a hoax; a disappointment; anything occasioning a loss of pride or dignity.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, ch. 12
      "Of course a miracle may happen, and you may be a great painter, but you must confess the chances are a million to one against it. It'll be an awful sell if at the end you have to acknowledge you've made a hash of it."
    • 1922, Katherine Mansfield, The Doll's House (Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics paperback 2002, 354)
      What a sell for Lena!
    • Hoax definition
      To deceive (someone) by making them believe something that has been maliciously or mischievously fabricated.
    • Pride definition
      The quality or state of being proud; an unreasonable overestimation of one's own superiority in terms of talents, looks, wealth, importance etc., which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve and often contempt of others. (1 of 11 pride definitions)
    • Dignity definition
      The state of being dignified or worthy of esteem: elevation of mind or character. (1 of 5 dignity definitions)
    • Make A Hash Of definition
      to do badly, particularly to make a mess while doing.

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Etymology 2

From French selle, from Latin sella.

Alternative forms

Noun

sell (plural sells)

  1. (obsolete) A seat or stool.
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  2. (archaic) A saddle.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.ii:
      turning to that place, in which whyleare / He left his loftie steed with golden sell, / And goodly gorgeous barbes, him found not theare [...].

Etymology 3

From Old Saxon seill or Old Norse seil. Cognate with Dutch zeel (rope), German Seil (rope).

Noun

sell (plural sells)

  1. (regional, obsolete) A rope (usually for tying up cattle, but can also mean any sort of rope).
    He picked up the sell from the straw-strewn barn-floor, snelly sneaked up behind her and sleekly slung it around her swire while scryingː "dee, dee ye fooking quhoreǃ".

Derived terms

  • bowsell

References

Anagrams


Breton

Pronunciation

Noun

sell m

  1. look, glance

Pennsylvania German

Etymology

Cognate to German selbig (the same (one)).

Pronoun

sell

  1. that one
    • That definition
      Introducing a clause which is the subject or object of a verb (such as one involving reported speech), or which is a complement to a previous statement. (1 of 8 that definitions)

Determiner

sell

  1. that
    • 1954, Albert F. Buffington, A Pennsylvania German grammar, pages 32 and 81:
      sell Haus datt driwwe
      that house over there
      []
      In sellem alde Glaawe maag en bissel Waahret schtecke.
      In that old belief there may be a bit of truth.
    • For quotations using this term, see Citations:sell.

Inflection

masculine feminine neuter plural
nominative
and
accusative
seller selle,
selli
sell selle,
selli
dative sellem,
sem
sellere,
sellre,
seller
sellem,
sem
selle

References

  • Earl C Haag, Pennsylvania German Reader and Grammar (2010), page 204

Scots

Etymology

From Old English sellan.

Pronunciation

Verb

sell (third-person singular present sells, present participle sellin, past sellt or sauld, past participle sellt or sauld)

  1. To sell.

Westrobothnian

Etymology

From Old Norse sil, a word also recorded in Norway as sel, in Sweden as silder, sälder, standard Swedish sel, from the root of Old Norse seinn and síð.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [sel], [séːɭ]
    • Rhymes: -el, -éːl

Noun

sĕll n (definite singular sellä, definite plural sella or selja)

  1. pool, calm water (occurring in the course of a stream)
    sellä gjär ’n mil langt
    The calm water at that place stretches for a mile.
    • Pool definition
      A small and rather deep collection of (usually) fresh water, as one supplied by a spring, or occurring in the course of a stream; a reservoir for water. (1 of 7 pool definitions)
    • Water definition
      A substance (of molecular formula H2O) found at room temperature and pressure as a clear liquid; it is present naturally as rain, and found in rivers, lakes and seas; its solid form is ice and its gaseous form is steam. (1 of 18 water definitions)
    • definition
      masculine nominative and accusative (1 of 3 dä definitions)