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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