Definitions of dull

  1. make numb or insensitive; " The shock numbed her senses"
  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"
  3. deaden ( a sound or noise), esp. by wrapping
  4. ( of business) not active or brisk; " business is dull ( or slow)"; " a sluggish market"
  5. emitting or reflecting very little light; " a dull glow"; " dull silver badly in need of a polish"; " a dull sky"
  6. ( of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; " dull greens and blues"
  7. darkened with overcast; " a dark day"; " a dull sky"; " a gray rainy afternoon"; " gray clouds"; " the sky was leaden and thick"
  8. not having a sharp edge or point; " the knife was too dull to be of any use"
  9. not keenly felt; " a dull throbbing"; " dull pain"
  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"
  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"
  12. make less lively or vigorous; " Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
  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"
  14. become less interesting or attractive
  15. become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness; " the varnished table top dulled with time"
  16. make dull in appearance; " Age had dulled the surface"
  17. make dull or blunt; " Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
  18. deaden ( a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
  19. not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft; " the dull thud"; " thudding bullets"
  20. blunted in responsiveness or sensibility; " a dull gaze"; " so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather
  21. Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish.
  22. Slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward.
  23. Insensible; unfeeling.
  24. Not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt.
  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.
  26. Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert.
  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.
  28. To deprive of sharpness of edge or point.
  29. To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like.
  30. To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish.
  31. To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden.
  32. To become dull or stupid.
  33. Slow of understanding or action; stupid; without sensibility; not bright or clear to the eye; blunt; not brisk or active; wearisome; cloudy.
  34. To take away the sharpness of; make stupid or heavy; tarnish.
  35. To become stupid; become dull or blunt; lose brightness.
  36. Dully, dulness, dullness.
  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.
  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.
  39. DULLY.
  41. To make dull: to make stupid: to blunt: to damp: to cloud.
  42. To become dull.
  43. Dulness.
  44. Stupid; slow; spiritless; dim; blunt.
  45. To make or become dull.
  46. Not sharp, keen, bright, or acute; blunt; sluggish; wearisome; sad; dismal; obscure; dim.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  50. To make dull; to stupefy; to blunt; to tarnish.

Usage examples for dull

  1. " Oh no- it is very dull all that. – A Tale of a Lonely Parish by F. Marion Crawford
  2. " I've been very dull but so has Jake," Jim declared. – Partners of the Out-Trail by Harold Bindloss
  3. It is dull for you to be here all alone. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  4. You will think me dull – Betty Zane by Zane Grey
  5. She was pale and her eyes were dull – Mary Rose of Mifflin by Frances R. Sterrett
  6. It gets mighty dull in the desert when you're not moving. – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  7. He's a dull man- Farmer Bollens is- he always was. – Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy
  8. 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
  9. Patience, lying there lonely and dull with her night- light, turned her eyes on Hester. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  10. We have plenty of room and have been rather dull lately. – For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss
  11. I'm afraid I'm a dull companion to- night. – A Prairie Courtship by Harold Bindloss
  12. " Nothing," he answered, his voice gone dull now. – The House of Toys by Henry Russell Miller
  13. It seemed very dull and lonely, and he longed to meet somebody, never mind who it was. – The Little Clown by Thomas Cobb
  14. Party dull and very quiet. – That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green
  15. I was so dull – Mr. Marx's Secret by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  16. Then it's something very grave and dull I know, she remarked; for that is the way people always begin. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  17. Heartwood dull brown, sapwood lighter brown. – Seasoning of Wood by Joseph B. Wagner
  18. It was so very dull at Ashland though she was making money. – Furze the Cruel by John Trevena
  19. Clara has found the evening dreadfully dull – The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt