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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
  40.   DULLNESS or DULNESS
  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

Antonyms for dull

inflame, aglow, enkindle, sage, chromatic, glowing, burbling, prodigious, sublime, sharpened, rich, prickly, candescent, twinkling, frisky, thrilling, canty, eye-opening, silky, glazed, dark, iridescent, jocular, alive, dazzling, robust, galvanizing, keen, liven, brazen, valid, fast, sunny, hyperintelligent, filter, mettlesome, variegated, stabbing, spikelike, Lightened, flashy, brainy, quicken, brisk, mind-boggling, energetic, animating, intellectual, stunning, rainbow, lit, breathing, bubbling, nacreous, blithesome, amp, silvery, innovative, literate, beaming, sleek, painted, inspiring, burbly, vibrant, varnished, restless, radiant, wily, jovial, foxy, colorful, piercing, reverberate, nice, cobwebby, arresting, Sparky, enliven, wakeful, clamorous, stained, shining, diaphanous, filmy, energize, glittery, delectable, Rubbed, gossamer, kinetic, laborious, schooled, strop, captivating, sharp, glistering, opaline, attractive, strident, ethereal, apt, pearlescent, sleepless, awake, purify, polychrome, highbrow, animate, prudent, splendid, tantalizing, reverberant, plangent, creative, obstreperous, vital, stupendous, noisy, whet, engaged, see through, incandescent, polished, diligent, burnished, intoxicating, grateful, entrancing, upbeat, pretty, judicious, charismatic, astute, fiery, cunning, speedy, adroit, energizing, shrill, blithe, tasty, lambent, reasoning, suspenseful, fun, astonishing, resounding, gleaming, transparent, delightful, enchanting, sharpen, riveting, beadlike, multihued, penetrative, bathe, sheer, heart-stopping, gushing, garble, assiduous, knifelike, sheeny, silken, festive, noctilucent, glittering, sapient, hardworking, quick-witted, percipient, merry, multicolored, vigilant, industrious, spike, live, Lacerating, jolly, shrewd, kindle, beady, expeditious, gladsome, shellacked, gaudy, pungent, discordant, buttonlike, intelligent, cloudless, subtle, working, distill, invigorate, Eupeptic, appealing, ignite, skilled, nimble, Overloud, discriminating, earsplitting, peppy, laughing, busy, spectacular, glaring, gauzy, beamy, varicolored, alert, bouncy, hone, officious, spicy, joyous, clarion, sprightly, light, elfin, satisfying, penetrating, bewitching, lively, cheerful, savvy, supersmart, red-blooded, mind-blowing, hardheaded, saturated, provocative, circumspect, existing, breezy, sane, varied, spunky, wondrous, pure, perceptive, keen-sighted, trenchant, sensitive, mesmerizing, carnassial, dynamic, roaring, illumine, wise, logical, Emblaze, agreeable, scratching, exhilarating, rip-roaring, various, edged, palatable, glary, luscious, glad, living, mind-bending, incisive, jocund, showy, glossy, vivacious, peppery, reecho, sparkly, heady, glistening, engaging, seductive, gauzelike, gripping, sunlit, garish, trained, careful, nitid, rousing, sedulous, mobile, Sharp-witted, wary, glinting, smart, educated, deafening, lancinating, active, cutting, bright, cerebral, forcible, intense, zesty, hair-raising, erudite, pointed, blasting, Whetted, jocose, spanking, silver, buffed, intriguing, blinding, glamorous, vivid, stirring, motley, pleasurable, satin, magnetic, bubbly, good, spiky, vitalize, wonderful, fine, slick, gleeful, illuminate, sensational, moving, pert, interesting, occupied, savory, swift, kaleidoscopic, sagacious, Gemmy, dulcet, exhilarative, vociferous, charming, skilful, irradiate, bouncing, polychromatic, employed, sweet, delicate, frothy, knowing, alluring, racy, shimmery, airy, loud, prompt, snappy, cautious, galvanic, felicitous, wide-awake, lustrous, sunshiny, discerning, touching, lancinate, invigorating, gifted, harsh, salty, marvelous, perky, tied up, delicious, piquant, breathtaking, juice up, congenial, heavenly, diverting, scintillating, well-read, fabulous, prismatic, Attracting, clear-sighted, clear, glimmery, ultrasmart, stentorian, jaunty, blaring, vivify, jump-start, perspicacious, mirthful, springy, dyed, prepared, fascinating, clever, thundering, lucid, spiked, raucous, Honed, lucent, dexterous, bustling, crafty, brilliant, crashing, artful, charged, electric, zippy, ground, amazing, aerial, canny, jazzy, electrifying, pointy, spry, learned, enjoyable, poignant, glimmering, Luring, cheering, rational, ardent, warm, existent, talented, blessed, edgy, aglitter, illumined, sound, ringing, deep, ready, supple, cheery, luminous, consuming, refulgent, needlelike, on the alert, ingenious, tinged, flush, stimulate, reasonable, engrossing, thinking, lusty, kicky, opalescent, winsome, razor-sharp, grating, fulgid, resplendent, knowledgeable, fetching, tipped, awful, exciting, spellbinding, zingy, beguiling, astounding, silvern, expert, hard-boiled, jagged, silklike, slippery, colored, fulgent, scintillant, satiny, bright as a new penny, Bedazzling, agile, blazing, inventive, resound, absorbing, flavorous, buoyant, clear-eyed, pizzazzy, Stropped, splashy, salt, spirited, effervescent, informed, portentous, staggering, welcome, illume, acute, effulgent, Hopping, pleasing, miraculous, sensible, entertaining, shimmering, surprising, clarify, pleasant, frolicsome, scholarly, animated, Delightsome, gratifying, sonorous, insightful, buttony, resonate, enlivening, Dinning, booming, squealing, dreamy, fulgurating, amusing, thunderous, stimulating, Gossamery, clangorous, Self-luminous, lurid, watchful, gingery, quick, Spired, Involving, exceptional, shiny, effusive, coruscant, awesome, darling, spiny, resourceful, sparkling, jabbing, agleam, happy, enthralling, chipper, Lacquered, vigorous, tinted, illuminated, Brightened.

Quotes of dull

  1. Anger makes dull men witty but it keeps them poor – Francis Bacon
  2. I am writing a book about the Crusades so dull that I can scarcely write it – Hilaire Belloc
  3. With dates I like to cater a girl We do whatever she likes If she was open to what I wanted to do it probably wouldn't be a dull date because I am a jock – Chris Brown
  4. If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive then they thrive and grow to their capabilities – Barbara Bush
  5. And though I might have learnt more wit and advanced my understanding by living in a Court yet being dull fearful and bashful I neither heeded what was said or practised but just what belonged to my loyal duty and my own honest reputation – Margaret Cavendish
  6. I never was on the dull tame shore But I loved the great sea more and more – Barry Cornwall
  7. When you are doing a show it can get really dull You are sitting so long while they set up the lights then you say a couple of lines then they tear down the lights again At least stunts are something that uses your physical energy a great deal – Yvonne Craig
  8. Too many church services start at eleven sharp and end at twelve dull – Vance Havner
  9. What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out – Alfred Hitchcock
  10. The dull and stupid have a much easier time of it – William Kapell
  11. The duty of a toastmaster is to be so dull that the succeeding speakers will appear brilliant by contrast – Clarence Budington Kelland
  12. Reading a novel in which all characters illustrate patience hard work chastity and delayed gratification could be a pretty dull experience – Thomas Perry
  13. England was incredibly dull and everything exciting seemed to be in America – Gerald Scarfe
  14. Philadelphia merely seems dull because it's next to exciting Camden New Jersey – Robert Anton Wilson

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

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