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dull

dull - Dictionary definition and meaning for word dull

Definition
(verb) make dull in appearance
Example Sentence
  • Age had dulled the surface

Definition
(verb) become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness
Example Sentence
  • the varnished table top dulled with time

Definition
(verb) deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
Synonyms : damp , dampen , muffle , mute , tone down

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(verb) make numb or insensitive
Synonyms : benumb , blunt , numb
Example Sentence
  • The shock numbed her senses

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(verb) make dull or blunt
Synonyms : blunt
Example Sentence
  • Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge

Definition
(verb) become less interesting or attractive
Synonyms : pall

Definition
(verb) make less lively or vigorous
Example Sentence
  • Middle age dulled her appetite for travel

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(adj) lacking in liveliness or animation
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(adj) emitting or reflecting very little light
Example Sentence
  • a dull glow
  • dull silver badly in need of a polish
  • a dull sky

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(adj) being or made softer or less loud or clear
Synonyms : muffled , muted , softened
Example Sentence
  • the dull boom of distant breaking waves
  • muffled drums
  • the muffled noises of the street
  • muted trumpets

Definition
(adj) so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
Example Sentence
  • 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
  • tedious days on the train
  • the tiresome chirping of a cricket
  • other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome

Definition
(adj) (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted
Example Sentence
  • dull greens and blues

Definition
(adj) not keenly felt
Example Sentence
  • a dull throbbing
  • dull pain

Definition
(adj) slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
Synonyms : dense , dim , dumb , obtuse , slow
Example Sentence
  • 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
  • dumb officials make some really dumb decisions
  • he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse
  • worked with the slow students

Definition
(adj) (of business) not active or brisk
Synonyms : slow , sluggish
Example Sentence
  • business is dull (or slow)
  • a sluggish market

Definition
(adj) not having a sharp edge or point
Example Sentence
  • the knife was too dull to be of any use

Definition
(adj) blunted in responsiveness or sensibility
Example Sentence
  • a dull gaze
  • so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her

Definition
(adj) not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft
Synonyms : thudding
Example Sentence
  • the dull thud
  • thudding bullets

Definition
(adj) darkened with overcast
Synonyms : leaden
Example Sentence
  • a dark day
  • a dull sky
  • the sky was leaden and thick

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