dull


dull
dull1 [ dʌl ] adjective **
▸ 1 boring
▸ 2 not bright/shiny
▸ 3 not able to react
▸ 4 weak and continuous
▸ 5 low and not clear
▸ 6 not intelligent
▸ 7 not sharp
▸ 8 not busy
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) boring or not interesting:
a dull lecture
Life in a small town can be very dull.
2. ) not bright or shiny:
a dull color
hair that looks dull and lifeless
a ) if the weather is dull, there are a lot of clouds and it is dark
3. ) not able to understand or react to what is happening:
She had a dull expression on her face.
4. ) a dull pain is not very strong but continues for a long time:
I felt a dull ache in my stomach.
5. ) a dull sound is low and not very clear:
There was a dull thud from the apartment above.
6. ) not intelligent:
He really is one of the dullest boys in the class.
7. ) a dull blade is not sharp
8. ) if business or trade is dull, it is not busy
(as) dull as dishwater/ditchwater
very boring
never a dull moment HUMOROUS
used for saying that a lot of exciting things are happening
dull
dull 2 [ dʌl ] verb transitive
1. ) to make a feeling weaker:
The drug can dull the pain, but not completely eliminate it.
2. ) to make someone's mind slower or less able to understand, think, hear, etc.:
Fatigue had dulled her mind.
His senses were dulled by alcohol.
3. ) to make a sound weaker or less clear:
The carpet dulled the sound of their footsteps.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Dull — Dull, a. [Compar. {Duller}; superl. {Dullest}.] [AS. dol foolish; akin to gedwelan to err, D. dol mad, dwalen to wander, err, G. toll mad, Goth. dwals foolish, stupid, cf. Gr. ? turbid, troubled, Skr. dhvr to cause to fall. Cf. {Dolt}, {Dwale},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dull — adj 1 *stupid, slow, dumb, dense, crass Analogous words: *lethargic, sluggish, comatose: phlegmatic, stolid, *impassive, apathetic: *backward: retarded (see DELAY vb) Antonyms: clever, bright …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dull — [dul] adj. [ME dul < OE dol, stupid, akin to Ger toll < IE * dh(e)wel < base * dheu , blow, be turbid > DUMB, DWELL, OIr dall, blind, Gr thanatos, death] 1. mentally slow; stupid 2. lacking sensitivity; blunted in feeling or… …   English World dictionary

  • Dull —    DULL, a parish, in the county of Perth, 4 miles (W. by N.) from Aberfeldy; containing, with parts of the late quoad sacra parishes of Foss and Tenandry, and part of the village of Aberfeldy, 3811 inhabitants, of whom 145 are in the village of… …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

  • dull — [dʌl] adjective JOURNALISM if business on a financial market is dull, not many people are buying or selling: • Shares closed lower in dull trading. • Investors were busy moving in and out of two year Treasury notes yesterday, providing a bit of… …   Financial and business terms

  • Dull — may refer to: Boring Dull, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, United Kingdom Dull Gret, a figure of Flemish folklore People with the surname Dull: Jack Dull (1930 1995), professor at the University of Washington John Dull (21st century), American… …   Wikipedia

  • dull — [adj1] unintelligent addled, backward, besotted, boring, brainless, daffy, daft, dense, dim, dim witted, doltish, dumb, feeble minded, half baked, ignorant, imbecilic, indolent, insensate, low, moronic, not bright, numskulled, obtuse,… …   New thesaurus

  • Düll — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Heinrich Düll (1867–1956), deutscher Bildhauer und Musiker der Prinzregentenzeit Rudolf Düll (1887–1979), deutscher Jurist Ruprecht Düll (* 1931), deutscher Botaniker Siehe auch Privatbrauerei Friedrich… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Dull — Dull, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Duller}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dulling}.] 1. To deprive of sharpness of edge or point. This . . . dulled their swords. Bacon. [1913 Webster] Borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To make dull, stupid …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dull — (adj.) c.1200, stupid; early 13c., blunt, not sharp; rare before mid 14c., apparently from O.E. dol dull witted, foolish, or an unrecorded parallel word, or from M.L.G. dul slow witted, both from P.Gmc. *dulaz (Cf. O.Fris., O.S. dol foolish,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Dull — Dull, v. i. To become dull or stupid. Rom. of R. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English