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Definitions of dull

  1. To make or become dull. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To deprive of sharpness of edge or point. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To take away the sharpness of; make stupid or heavy; tarnish. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To make dull: to make stupid: to blunt: to damp: to cloud. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To become stupid; become dull or blunt; lose brightness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To become dull. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. deaden (a sound or noise), esp. by wrapping Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. make less lively or vigorous; "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. become less interesting or attractive Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. To make dull or stupid; to blunt; to depress; to make insensible or slow to perceive; to make heavy or slow of motion; to sully; to tarnish or cloud. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. To make dull; to stupefy; to blunt; to tarnish. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Insensible; unfeeling. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. DULLNESS or DULNESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. Dulness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Dully, dulness, dullness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. DULLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; "dull greens and blues" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "a gray rainy afternoon"; "gray clouds"; "the sky was leaden and thick" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  30. not having a sharp edge or point; "the knife was too dull to be of any use" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  32. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  33. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  34. become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness; "the varnished table top dulled with time" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  35. make dull in appearance; "Age had dulled the surface" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  36. make dull or blunt; "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  37. blunted in responsiveness or sensibility; "a dull gaze"; "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather Wordnet Dictionary DB
  38. Slow of understanding or action; stupid; without sensibility; not bright or clear to the eye; blunt; not brisk or active; wearisome; cloudy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  39. Slow of hearing, of learning, or of understanding: insensible: without life or spirit: slow of motion: drowsy: sleepy: sad: downcast: cheerless: not bright or clear: cloudy: dim, obscure: obtuse: blunt:- (comm.) little in demand. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  40. Stupid; slow; spiritless; dim; blunt. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  41. Stupid; doltish; slow of hearing, seeing, understanding, or learning; without life or spirit; slow of motion; sleepy; drowsy; sad; depressing; dreary; insensible; cheerless; not clear; tarnished; not briskly burning; dim; obseure; blunt; obtuse; cloudy; being without wind. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  42. The primary idea is a stoppage of the faculties or powers proper to the subject; without spirit; not cheerful; stupid; slow of understanding; slow of hearing; slow to learn; not bright or clear; dim; obscure; blunt; cloudy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for dull

  1. He could see nothing, and his ears seemed filled with a dull throbbing, but in spite of this he could hear the faintest of rustlings on two sides of the tent at once, and knew that, because no white man could move in such a manner, his dusky enemies were coming. – The League of the Leopard by Harold Bindloss
  2. I was so dull – Mr. Marx's Secret by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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