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  Definition of dull
  1. make less lively or vigorous; "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
  2. become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness; "the varnished table top dulled with time"
  3. become less interesting or attractive
  4. make dull in appearance; "Age had dulled the surface"
  5. make dull or blunt; "Too much cutting dulls the knife''s edge"
  6. make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses"
  7. deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
  8. (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"
  9. emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"
  10. (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; "dull greens and blues"
  11. 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 mak
  12. darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "a gray rainy afternoon"; "gray clouds"; "the sky was leaden and thick"
  13. not having a sharp edge or point; "the knife was too dull to be of any use"
  14. not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"
  15. 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"
  16. 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";
  17. 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"
  18. not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft; "the dull thud"; "thudding bullets"
  19. blunted in responsiveness or sensibility; "a dull gaze"; "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather
Similar Words: pall, blunt, numb, benumb, muffle, mute, damp, dampen, tone down, slow, sluggish, dense, dim, dumb, obtuse, gray, grey, leaden, boring, deadening, ho-hum, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, muffled, muted, softened, thudding

 

See Also: unpolished, colorless, colourless, spiritless, unanimated

 

Hyponyms: cloud

 

Attributes: luminosity, brightness, brightness level, luminance, luminousness, light, dullness, dulness

 

Derivational Morphology: bore, dullard, damper, muffler, mute, silencer

 

Anagrams: LLud

 

Language Translations:
Danish: kedelig and sløv   Dutch: bot and saai  
Finnish: tylsä   French: émoussé and ennuyeux  
German: fad and stumpf   Norwegian: kjedelig and sløv  
Polish: nudny and tępy   Portuguese: cego and entediante  
Spanish: aburrido   Swedish: slö and tråkig  
Turkish: kör and sıkıcı  
 
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