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Meaning of DULL

Pronunciation:  dul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"
  2. [adj]  emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"
  3. [adj]  (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; "dull greens and blues"
  4. [adj]  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"
  5. [adj]  darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "a gray rainy afternoon"; "gray clouds"; "the sky was leaden and thick"
  6. [adj]  not having a sharp edge or point; "the knife was too dull to be of any use"
  7. [adj]  not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"
  8. [adj]  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"
  9. [adj]  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"
  10. [adj]  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"
  11. [adj]  not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft; "the dull thud"; "thudding bullets"; "thumping feet on the carpeted stairs"
  12. [adj]  blunted in responsiveness or sensibility; "a dull gaze"; "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather
  13. [v]  make less lively or vigorous; "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
  14. [v]  become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness, as of a varnished surface
  15. [v]  become less interesting or attractive
  16. [v]  make dull in appearance; "Age had dulled the surface"
  17. [v]  make dull or blunt, as of sharp edges or knives' blades
  18. [v]  make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses"
  19. [v]  deaden (a sound or noise), esp. by wrapping

DULL is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: arid, benumb, blunt, blunt, blunt, blunted, boring, bovine, cloudy, damp, dampen, deadened, deadening, dense, desiccate, desiccated, dim, drab, dreary, dulled, dumb, edgeless, flat, gray, grey, heavy, ho-hum, humdrum, inactive, insensitive, irksome, lackluster, lacklustre, leaden, lusterless, lustreless, mat, matt, matte, matted, monotonous, muffle, muffled, mute, muted, nonresonant, numb, obtuse, pall, slow, sluggish, soft, softened, stupid, tedious, thudding, thumping, tiresome, tone down, uninteresting, unreverberant, unsaturated, unsharpened, wearisome
 Antonyms: bright, lively, sharp, sharpen
 See Also: alter, change, change, cloud, colorless, colourless, desensitise, desensitize, soften, spiritless, unanimated, unpolished, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dull\, a. [Compar. {Duller}; superl. {Dullest}.] [AS. dol
    foolish; akin to gedwelan to err, D. dol mad, dwalen to
    wander, err, G. toll mad, Goth. dwals foolish, stupid, cf.
    Gr. ? turbid, troubled, Skr. dhvr to cause to fall. Cf.
    {Dolt}, {Dwale}, {Dwell}, {Fraud}.]
    1. Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension;
       stupid; doltish; blockish. ``Dull at classical learning.''
             She is not bred so dull but she can learn. --Shak.
    2. Slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward.
             This people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears
             are dull of hearing.                  --Matt. xiii.
             O, help my weak wit and sharpen my dull tongue.
    3. Insensible; unfeeling.
             Think me not So dull a devil to forget the loss Of
             such a matchless wife.                -- Beau. & Fl.
    4. Not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt. ``Thy
       scythe is dull.'' --Herbert.
    5. Not bright or clear to the eye; wanting in liveliness of
       color or luster; not vivid; obscure; dim; as, a dull fire
       or lamp; a dull red or yellow; a dull mirror.
    6. Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless;
       inert. ``The dull earth.'' --Shak.
             As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so
             changes of study a dull brain.        -- Longfellow.
    7. Furnishing little delight, spirit, or variety;
       uninteresting; tedious; cheerless; gloomy; melancholy;
       depressing; as, a dull story or sermon; a dull occupation
       or period; hence, cloudy; overcast; as, a dull day.
             Along life's dullest, dreariest walk. -- Keble.
    Syn: Lifeless; inanimate; dead; stupid; doltish; heavy;
         sluggish; sleepy; drowsy; gross; cheerless; tedious;
         irksome; dismal; dreary; clouded; tarnished; obtuse. See
  2. \Dull\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Duller}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To deprive of sharpness of edge or point. ``This . . .
       dulled their swords.'' --Bacon.
             Borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. --Shak.
    2. To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the
       senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like.
             Those [drugs] she has Will stupefy and dull the
             sense a while.                        --Shak.
             Use and custom have so dulled our eyes. --Trench.
    3. To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish. ``Dulls
       the mirror.'' --Bacon.
    4. To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to
       make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden.
             Attention of mind . . . wasted or dulled through
             continuance.                          --Hooker.
  3. \Dull\, v. i.
    To become dull or stupid. --Rom. of R.
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