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Meaning & Definition of Dull in English

English

Dull

/dəl/

verb

1. Make dull in appearance

  • "Age had dulled the surface"
    synonym:
  • dull

2. Become dull or lusterless in appearance

  • Lose shine or brightness
  • "The varnished table top dulled with time"
    synonym:
  • dull

3. Deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

    synonym:
  • muffle
  • ,
  • mute
  • ,
  • dull
  • ,
  • damp
  • ,
  • dampen
  • ,
  • tone down

4. Make numb or insensitive

  • "The shock numbed her senses"
    synonym:
  • numb
  • ,
  • benumb
  • ,
  • blunt
  • ,
  • dull

5. Make dull or blunt

  • "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
    synonym:
  • dull
  • ,
  • blunt

6. Become less interesting or attractive

    synonym:
  • pall
  • ,
  • dull

7. Make less lively or vigorous

  • "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
    synonym:
  • dull

adjective

1. Lacking in liveliness or animation

  • "He was so dull at parties"
  • "A dull political campaign"
  • "A large dull impassive man"
  • "Dull days with nothing to do"
  • "How dull and dreary the world is"
  • "Fell back into one of her dull moods"
    synonym:
  • dull

2. Emitting or reflecting very little light

  • "A dull glow"
  • "Dull silver badly in need of a polish"
  • "A dull sky"
    synonym:
  • dull

3. Being or made softer or less loud or clear

  • "The dull boom of distant breaking waves"
  • "Muffled drums"
  • "The muffled noises of the street"
  • "Muted trumpets"
    synonym:
  • dull
  • ,
  • muffled
  • ,
  • muted
  • ,
  • softened

4. So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness

  • "A boring evening with uninteresting people"
  • "The deadening effect of some routine tasks"
  • "A dull play"
  • "His competent but dull performance"
  • "A ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"
  • "What an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- edmund burke
  • "Tedious days on the train"
  • "The tiresome chirping of a cricket"- mark twain
  • "Other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
    synonym:
  • boring
  • ,
  • deadening
  • ,
  • dull
  • ,
  • ho-hum
  • ,
  • irksome
  • ,
  • slow
  • ,
  • tedious
  • ,
  • tiresome
  • ,
  • wearisome

5. (of color) very low in saturation

  • Highly diluted
  • "Dull greens and blues"
    synonym:
  • dull

6. Not keenly felt

  • "A dull throbbing"
  • "Dull pain"
    synonym:
  • dull

7. Slow to learn or understand

  • Lacking intellectual acuity
  • "So dense he never understands anything i say to him"
  • "Never met anyone quite so dim"
  • "Although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- thackeray
  • "Dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"
  • "He was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"
  • "Worked with the slow students"
    synonym:
  • dense
  • ,
  • dim
  • ,
  • dull
  • ,
  • dumb
  • ,
  • obtuse
  • ,
  • slow

8. (of business) not active or brisk

  • "Business is dull (or slow)"
  • "A sluggish market"
    synonym:
  • dull
  • ,
  • slow
  • ,
  • sluggish

9. Not having a sharp edge or point

  • "The knife was too dull to be of any use"
    synonym:
  • dull

10. Blunted in responsiveness or sensibility

  • "A dull gaze"
  • "So exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- willa cather
    synonym:
  • dull

11. Not clear and resonant

  • Sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft
  • "The dull thud"
  • "Thudding bullets"
    synonym:
  • dull
  • ,
  • thudding

12. Darkened with overcast

  • "A dark day"
  • "A dull sky"
  • "The sky was leaden and thick"
    synonym:
  • dull
  • ,
  • leaden

Examples of using

From time to time the lightning flashed, and the dull thunder is heard.
She is a dull and ugly girl. I don't understand why she's so admired.
He is so dull!