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Definitions of dull

  1. make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. deaden (a sound or noise), esp. by wrapping Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; "dull greens and blues" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "a gray rainy afternoon"; "gray clouds"; "the sky was leaden and thick" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. not having a sharp edge or point; "the knife was too dull to be of any use" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. make less lively or vigorous; "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. become less interesting or attractive Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness; "the varnished table top dulled with time" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. make dull in appearance; "Age had dulled the surface" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. make dull or blunt; "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft; "the dull thud"; "thudding bullets" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. blunted in responsiveness or sensibility; "a dull gaze"; "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Insensible; unfeeling. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. 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
  26. Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. 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
  28. To deprive of sharpness of edge or point. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. To become dull or stupid. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. 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.
  34. To take away the sharpness of; make stupid or heavy; tarnish. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  35. To become stupid; become dull or blunt; lose brightness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  36. Dully, dulness, dullness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  37. Not sharp or acute, in any sense; noting a surgical instrument, the action of the mind, pain, a sound, especially the percussion note, etc. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  38. 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.
  39. DULLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  40. DULLNESS or DULNESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  41. To make dull: to make stupid: to blunt: to damp: to cloud. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  42. To become dull. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  43. Dulness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. Stupid; slow; spiritless; dim; blunt. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  45. To make or become dull. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  46. Not sharp, keen, bright, or acute; blunt; sluggish; wearisome; sad; dismal; obscure; dim. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. dul, adj. 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.--v.t. to make dull or stupid: to blunt: to damp: to cloud.--v.i. to become dull.--n. DULL'ARD, a dull and stupid person: a dunce.--adjs. DULL'-BRAINED (Shak.), of dull brain or intellect: stupid; DULL'-BROWED, of gloomy brow or look; DULL'-EYED (Shak.), having eyes dull or wanting expression; DULL'ISH, somewhat dull: wearisome.--ns. DULL'NESS, DUL'NESS, the stale or quality of being dull.--adjs. DULL'-SIGHT'ED; DULL'-WIT'TED; DULL'Y, somewhat dull.--adv. DULL'Y. [A.S. dol--dwelan, to err; Dut. dol, Ger. toll, mad.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  52. Slow of understanding, obtuse, stupid, whence dullard n.; (of ears, eyes, &c.) without keen perception; (of inanimate things) insensible; (of pain &c.) indistinctly felt; sluggish, slow-moving, stagnant, (of person, animal, trade); (of goods, stocks) not easily salable, not in demand; listless, depressed; tedious, monotonous; blunt (esp. of edge); (of colour, light, sound, taste) not bright, vivid, or keen; (of weather) overcast, gloomy; hence dullish a., dul (l)ness n., dully (dul-li) adv. (Vb) make d. (d. the edge of, blunt, make less sensitive, interesting, effective); lose force, intensity, clearness, or keenness. [Middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  53. Not resonant on percussion. American pocket medical dictionary.
  54. Stupid, doltish, blockish, unapprehensive; blunt, obtuse; sad, melancholy; sluggish, heavy, slow of motion; not bright; drowsy, sleepy. Complete Dictionary

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