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Definitions of dull:

  • verb:   make less lively or vigorous
    Example: "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
  • verb:   become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness
    Example: "The varnished table top dulled with time"
  • verb:   make dull in appearance
    Example: "Age had dulled the surface"
  • verb:   make dull or blunt
    Example: "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
  • verb:   become less interesting or attractive
  • verb:   deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
  • verb:   make numb or insensitive
  • adjective:   being or made softer or less loud or clear
    Example: "The dull boom of distant breaking waves"
  • adjective:   not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft
    Example: "The dull thud"
  • adjective:   blunted in responsiveness or sensibility
    Example: "A dull gaze"
  • adjective:   (of business) not active or brisk
    Example: "Business is dull (or slow)"
  • adjective:   emitting or reflecting very little light
    Example: "A dull glow"
  • adjective:   (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted
    Example: "Dull greens and blues"
  • adjective:   darkened with overcast
    Example: "A dull sky"
  • adjective:   not having a sharp edge or point
    Example: "The knife was too dull to be of any use"
  • adjective:   not keenly felt
    Example: "A dull throbbing"
  • adjective:   lacking in liveliness or animation
    Example: "He was so dull at parties"
  • adjective:   so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
    Example: "A dull play"
  • adjective:   slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
    Example: "Although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick- Thackeray"
  • name:  A surname (rare: 1 in 100000 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #7912)


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