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dull

 (dŭl)
adj. dull·er, dull·est
1.
a. Arousing little interest; lacking liveliness; boring: a dull movie.
b. Not brisk or rapid; sluggish: Business has been dull.
2. Not having a sharp edge or point; blunt: a dull knife.
3.
a. Not intensely or keenly felt: a dull ache.
b. Not bright, vivid, or shiny: a dull brown; a glaze with a dull finish.
c. Cloudy or overcast: a dull sky.
d. Not clear or resonant: a dull thud.
4. Intellectually weak or obtuse; stupid.
5. Lacking responsiveness or alertness; insensitive: half-asleep and dull to the noises in the next room.
6. Dispirited; depressed: a dull mood.
tr. & intr.v. dulled, dull·ing, dulls
To make or become dull.

[Middle English dul; akin to Old English dol.]

dull′ish adj.
dull′ness, dul′ness n.
dul′ly adv.
Synonyms: dull, colorless, drab1, humdrum, lackluster, pedestrian, stodgy, uninspired
These adjectives mean lacking in liveliness, charm, or surprise: a dull, uninteresting performance; a colorless and unimaginative person; a drab and boring job; a humdrum conversation; a lackluster life; a pedestrian movie plot; a stodgy dinner party; an uninspired lecture.
Antonym: lively

dull

(dʌl)
adj
1. slow to think or understand; stupid
2. lacking in interest
3. lacking in perception or the ability to respond; insensitive
4. lacking sharpness; blunt
5. not acute, intense, or piercing
6. (Physical Geography) (of weather) not bright or clear; cloudy
7. not active, busy, or brisk
8. lacking in spirit or animation; listless
9. (Colours) (of colour) lacking brilliance or brightness; sombre
10. not loud or clear; muffled
11. (Medicine) med (of sound elicited by percussion, esp of the chest) not resonant
vb
to make or become dull
[Old English dol; related to Old Norse dul conceit, Old High German tol foolish, Greek tholeros confused]
ˈdullish adj
ˈdullness, ˈdulness n
ˈdully adv

dull

(dʌl)

adj. , dull•er, dull•est,
v. adj.
1. not sharp; blunt: a dull knife.
2. uninteresting: a dull sermon.
3. not lively or spirited; listless.
4. not bright, intense, or clear; dim: a dull day; a dull sound.
5. having very little depth of color.
6. sluggish: a dull day in the stock market.
7. mentally slow; obtuse.
8. insensible; unfeeling.
9. not intense or acute: a dull pain.
v.t., v.i.
10. to make or become dull.
[1200–50; Middle English; akin to Old English dol foolish, stupid; c. Old Saxon dol, Old High German tol]
dull′ish, adj.
dull′ness, dul′ness, n.
dul′ly, adv.

dull

blunt
1. 'dull'

If you say that something is dull, you mean that it is not interesting.

I thought the book dull and unoriginal.
It will be so dull here without you.
2. 'blunt'

In British English, if a knife is no longer sharp, you do not say that it is 'dull'. You say that it is blunt.

Scrape off as much as possible with a blunt knife.

American English also uses dull for this meaning.

He had a cut on his face from shaving with a dull razor.

dull


Past participle: dulled
Gerund: dulling

Imperative
dull
dull
Present
I dull
you dull
he/she/it dulls
we dull
you dull
they dull
Preterite
I dulled
you dulled
he/she/it dulled
we dulled
you dulled
they dulled
Present Continuous
I am dulling
you are dulling
he/she/it is dulling
we are dulling
you are dulling
they are dulling
Present Perfect
I have dulled
you have dulled
he/she/it has dulled
we have dulled
you have dulled
they have dulled
Past Continuous
I was dulling
you were dulling
he/she/it was dulling
we were dulling
you were dulling
they were dulling
Past Perfect
I had dulled
you had dulled
he/she/it had dulled
we had dulled
you had dulled
they had dulled
Future
I will dull
you will dull
he/she/it will dull
we will dull
you will dull
they will dull
Future Perfect
I will have dulled
you will have dulled
he/she/it will have dulled
we will have dulled
you will have dulled
they will have dulled
Future Continuous
I will be dulling
you will be dulling
he/she/it will be dulling
we will be dulling
you will be dulling
they will be dulling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dulling
you have been dulling
he/she/it has been dulling
we have been dulling
you have been dulling
they have been dulling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dulling
you will have been dulling
he/she/it will have been dulling
we will have been dulling
you will have been dulling
they will have been dulling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dulling
you had been dulling
he/she/it had been dulling
we had been dulling
you had been dulling
they had been dulling
Conditional
I would dull
you would dull
he/she/it would dull
we would dull
you would dull
they would dull
Past Conditional
I would have dulled
you would have dulled
he/she/it would have dulled
we would have dulled
you would have dulled
they would have dulled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dull - make dull in appearance; "Age had dulled the surface"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
2.dull - become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness; "the varnished table top dulled with time"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
3.dull - deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrappingdull - deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
soften - make (images or sounds) soft or softer
4.dull - make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses"
desensitise, desensitize - cause not to be sensitive; "The war desensitized many soldiers"; "The photographic plate was desensitized"
5.dull - make dull or blunt; "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
sharpen - make sharp or sharper; "sharpen the knives"
6.dull - become less interesting or attractive
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
7.dull - make less lively or vigorous; "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
weaken - become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
cloud - make milky or dull; "The chemical clouded the liquid to which it was added"
Adj.1.dull - 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"
unanimated - not animated or enlivened; dull
colorless, colourless - lacking in variety and interest; "a colorless and unimaginative person"; "a colorless description of the parade"
spiritless - lacking ardor or vigor or energy; "a spiritless reply to criticism"
lively - full of life and energy; "a lively discussion"; "lively and attractive parents"; "a lively party"
2.dull - emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"
unpolished - not carefully reworked or perfected or made smooth by polishing; "dull unpolished shoes"
bright - emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room"
3.dull - 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"
soft - (of sound) relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music"
4.dull - so lacking in interest as to cause mental wearinessdull - 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"
uninteresting - arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement; "a very uninteresting account of her trip"
5.dull - (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; "dull greens and blues"
unsaturated - (of color) not chromatically pure; diluted; "an unsaturated red"
6.dull - not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"
sharp - keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point; "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds"
7.dull - slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students"
stupid - lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity
8.dull - (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"
business enterprise, commercial enterprise, business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
inactive - lacking activity; lying idle or unused; "an inactive mine"; "inactive accounts"; "inactive machinery"
9.dull - not having a sharp edge or point; "the knife was too dull to be of any use"
sharp - having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"
10.dull - blunted in responsiveness or sensibility; "a dull gaze"; "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather
insensitive - deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive; "insensitive to the needs of the patients"
11.dull - not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft; "the dull thud"; "thudding bullets"
nonresonant, unreverberant - not reverberant; lacking a tendency to reverberate
12.dull - darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "the sky was leaden and thick"
cloudy - full of or covered with clouds; "cloudy skies"

dull

adjective
2. lifeless, dead, heavy, slow, indifferent, sluggish, insensitive, apathetic, listless, unresponsive, passionless, insensible We all feel dull and sleepy between 1 and 3pm.
lifeless active, lively, full of beans (informal)
3. drab, faded, muted, subdued, feeble, murky, sombre, toned-down, subfusc The stamp was a dull blue colour.
4. cloudy, dim, gloomy, dismal, overcast, leaden, turbid It's always dull and raining.
cloudy bright
5. muted, faint, suppressed, subdued, stifled, muffled, indistinct The coffin was closed with a dull thud.
6. blunt, dulled, blunted, not keen, not sharp, edgeless, unsharpened using the dull edge of her knife
blunt sharp, pointed
verb
1. relieve, blunt, lessen, moderate, soften, alleviate, allay, mitigate, assuage, take the edge off, palliate They gave him morphine to dull the pain.
2. cloud over, darken, grow dim, become cloudy Her eyes dulled and she gazed blankly.
3. dampen, reduce, check, depress, moderate, discourage, stifle, lessen, smother, sadden, dishearten, dispirit, deject Her illness failed to dull her optimism.

dull

adjective
1. Having only a limited ability to learn and understand:
Informal: soft.
2. Lacking responsiveness or alertness:
3. Unwilling or unable to perceive:
4. Lacking passion and emotion:
6. Characterized by reduced economic activity:
7. Not physically sharp or keen:
10. Lacking vividness in color:
11. Lacking gloss and luster:
verb
1. To make or become less keen or responsive:
2. To render less sensitive:
3. To make or become less sharp-edged:
Translations
بَليد، بَطيء الفَهْمغائِمغَيْرُ لامِعمُمِل، غَيْر مُشَوِّقمـُمِلّ
hloupýmdlýnezáživnýnudnýtlumený
kedeligmatmørksløvtrist
nõmetuhm
tylsähaaleahidasjärkinenpitkästyttäväpitkäveteinen
bezbojandosadan
lassú észjárású
grár; myrkur, dökkurleiîinlegurseinn til
くすんだ面白くない
단조로운칙칙한
apsiniaukęsbukaibukumasnuobodumasnuobodžiai
apmāciesblāvsdrūmsgarlaicīgsneinteresants
dolgočasenpusttemačentop
matttråkigslö
น่าเบื่อมัว ทึม
buồn tẻxỉn màu

dull

[dʌl]
A. ADJ (duller (compar) (dullest (superl)))
1. (= boring) [person, speech, book, evening, job] → aburrido, pesado; [place] → aburrido, soso; [style, food] → soso
deadly dullterriblemente aburrido, aburridísimo
there's never a dull moment here in the officeaquí en la oficina no nos aburrimos nunca
as dull as ditchwaterterriblemente aburrido
2. (= not bright) [colour, metal, glow] → apagado; [eyes] → apagado, sin brillo; [hair, skin, complexion] → sin brillo; [weather] → nublado; [sky, day] → gris
his eyes were dull and lifelesssus ojos estaban apagados y sin vida
dull, lifeless hairpelo sin brillo, sin vida
it will be dull at first (Met) → al principio estará nublado
3. (= not sharp) [pain, feeling, sound] → sordo
it fell with a dull thud or thumpcayó con un golpe sordo
4. (= lethargic, withdrawn) [person, mood] → deprimido, desanimado
5. (= slow-witted) [person, mind] → torpe; [pupil] → lento
his senses or faculties are growing dullestá perdiendo facultades
to be dull of hearingser duro de oído
6. (= blunt) [blade, knife] → romo
7. (Comm) [trade, business, market] → flojo
B. VT [+ senses, blade] → embotar; [+ emotions] → enfriar; [+ pain] → aliviar; [+ sound] → amortiguar; [+ mind, memory] → entorpecer; [+ colour] → apagar; [+ mirror, metal] → deslustrar, quitar el brillo de; [+ sensitivity] → embrutecer; [+ grief] → atenuar
the explosion dulled her hearingla explosión la dejó dura de oído
C. VI [light] → amortiguarse; [colour] → apagarse, perder intensidad; [metal] → deslustrarse, perder brillo; [memory] → entorpecerse; [senses] → embotarse
his eyes dulledsus ojos perdieron brillo

dull

[ˈdʌl]
adj
(= boring) [person] → ennuyeux/euse; [film, book, lesson, place] → ennuyeux/euse
He's nice, but a bit dull → Il est sympathique, mais un peu ennuyeux.
(= sluggish) [person] → engourdi(e)
(= slow) → borné(e)
(= lacklustre) → morne, terne
[sound] → sourd(e)
[pain] → sourd(e)
[colour, light] → sans éclat
[weather, day] → gris(e), maussade
[blade] → émoussé(e)
vt (= make less acute) [+ pain, grief] → atténuer; [+ senses, mind] → engourdir
vi
(= grow dull) [eyes] → s'assombrir
[pain] → s'atténuer
[hearing] → baisser

dull

adj (+er)
(= not bright or shiny) lighttrüb; glowschwach; colourmatt, trüb; eyesmatt, glanzlos; hair, skin, metal, paintworkstumpf, matt; weather, daytrüb, grau; skybedeckt; the sea was a dull greydas Meer war mattgrau; it will be dull at first (weather forecast) → es wird anfangs bewölkt
(= boring)langweilig; deadly dull, as dull as ditchwater or dishwatertodlangweilig; there’s never a dull momentman langweilt sich keinen Augenblick
(= vague, muffled) sound, thud, ache, sensationdumpf; he fell to the ground with a dull thuder schlug dumpf auf den Boden auf
(= listless) person, moodträge; gaze, expressionlustlos; (St Ex, Comm) marketflau; tradingschleppend; I felt dull and sleepyich fühlte mich träge und müde
(= slow-witted)langsam; the dullest boy in the classder schwächste Schüler in der Klasse; his senses/intellectual powers are growing dullseine Sinne/geistigen Kräfte lassen langsam nach
(form, = blunt) knife, bladestumpf
vt
(= lessen) painbetäuben; grieflindern; senses, mind, sensitivityabstumpfen; vision, hearingtrüben, schwächen; impressionschwächen; pleasuredämpfen; emotionally dulled(emotional) abgestumpft
(= make less bright) light, colourdämpfen; metal, paintworkstumpf werden lassen
(= muffle) sounddämpfen
(form, = blunt) knife, bladestumpf machen
vi (light) → schwächer werden; (colour) → verblassen; (eyes) → sich trüben

dull

[dʌl]
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl)))
a. (boring, book, evening) → noioso/a; (person, style) → insulso/a
as dull as ditchwater → una vera pizza
b. (dim, colour, eyes) → spento/a; (metal) → opaco/a; (overcast, weather, day, sky) → cupo/a, scuro/a, fosco/a; (muffled, sound, pain, thud) → sordo/a (Comm) (trade, business) → stagnante; (lacking spirit, person, mood) → svogliato/a; (blade) → smussato/a
c. (sight, hearing) → debole; (slow-witted, person, mind) → ottuso/a; (pupil) → lento/a
2. vt (mind, senses) → ottundere, annebbiare; (blade) → smussare; (impression, memory) → offuscare; (pleasure, pain, grief) → attenuare, attutire; (sound, colour) → smozzare; (metal) → rendere opaco/a

dull

(dal) adjective
1. slow to learn or to understand. The clever children help the dull ones.
2. not bright or clear. a dull day.
3. not exciting or interesting. a very dull book.
ˈdully adverb
ˈdullness noun

dull

غَيْرُ لامِع, مـُمِلّ nezáživný, tlumený kedelig, trist langweilig, matt θαμπός, πληκτικός aburrido, apagado haalea, tylsä ennuyeux, terne bezbojan, dosadan monotono, opaco くすんだ, 面白くない 단조로운, 칙칙한 mat, saai matt nudny, poszarzały desinteressante, opaco скучный, темный matt, tråkig น่าเบื่อ, มัว ทึม sıkıcı, soluk buồn tẻ, xỉn màu 乏味的, 暗的

dull

a. aburrido-a; [pain] dolor sordo; [blade] mellado-a.

dull

adj (pain) sordo; (object) romo; vt (pain) calmar (dolor)
References in classic literature ?
asked Jo, delighted with the fancy which lent a little romance to the very dull task of doing her duty.
The woman in the darkness could hear him laughing and talking with a guest who was striving to wear away a dull evening by dozing in a chair by the office door.
A dull, sickly yellow began to obscure the sky, and the water, from a beautiful blue, turned a slate color and ran along the sides of the vessel with a hissing sound as though the sullen waves would ask nothing better than to suck the craft down into their depths.
Probably by that time I had crossed so many rivers that I was dull to them.
At a respectful distance from this unusual show, were gathered divers groups of curious idlers; some admiring the blood and bone of the high-mettled military charger, and others gazing at the preparations, with the dull wonder of vulgar curiosity.
It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide--plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions.
For two hours no one ventured in the glare of the open, or even to cross the narrow, unshadowed street, whose dull red dust seemed to glow between the lines of straggling houses.
I quite long to be among them, sometimes, of the winter evenings; for it is but dull business for a lonesome elderly man, like me, to be nodding, by the hour together, with no company but his air-tight stove.
The page of life that was spread out before me seemed dull and commonplace only because I had not fathomed its deeper import.
This house is dark and dull and dreer No light doth shine from far or near Its like the tomb.
While he was so dull, it was no wonder that Harriet should be dull likewise; and they were both insufferable.
Like a host and hostess at a reception, the poor novelist has to pretend to be interested in everybody,--in the dull as in the brilliant, in the bore as in the beauty.