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