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dull
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  • make less lively or vigorous
  • "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
  • become dull or lusterless in appearance
  • lose shine or brightness
  • "the varnished table top dulled with time"
  • become less interesting or attractive
  • make dull in appearance
  • "Age had dulled the surface"
  • make dull or blunt
  • "Too much cutting dulls the knife''s edge"
  • make numb or insensitive
  • "The shock numbed her senses"
  • deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
  • (of business) not active or brisk
  • "business is dull (or slow)"
  • "a sluggish market"
  • emitting or reflecting very little light
  • "a dull glow"
  • "dull silver badly in need of a polish"
  • "a dull sky"
  • (of color) very low in saturation
  • highly diluted
  • "dull greens and blues"
  • 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 mak
  • darkened with overcast
  • "a dark day"
  • "a dull sky"
  • "a gray rainy afternoon"
  • "gray clouds"
  • "the sky was leaden and thick"
  • not having a sharp edge or point
  • "the knife was too dull to be of any use"
  • not keenly felt
  • "a dull throbbing"
  • "dull pain"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • not clear and resonant
  • sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft
  • "the dull thud"
  • "thudding bullets"
  • blunted in responsiveness or sensibility
  • "a dull gaze"
  • "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather
dull
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish. "Dull at classical learning." Thackeray.

    "She is not bred so dull but she can learn." -- Shak.

    2. Slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward.

    "This people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing." -- Matt. xiii. 15.

    "O, help my weak wit and sharpen my dull tongue." -- Spenser.

    3. Insensible; unfeeling.

    "Think me not So dull a devil to forget the loss Of such a matchless wife." -- Beau. & Fl.

    4. Not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt. "Thy scythe is dull." Herbert.

    5. 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.

    6. Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert. "The dull earth." Shak.

    "As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so changes of study a dull brain." -- Longfellow.

    7. 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.

    "Along life's dullest, dreariest walk." -- Keble.

    Syn. -- Lifeless; inanimate; dead; stupid; doltish; heavy; sluggish; sleepy; drowsy; gross; cheerless; tedious; irksome; dismal; dreary; clouded; tarnished; obtuse. See Lifeless.

  • 1. To deprive of sharpness of edge or point. "This . . . dulled their swords." Bacon.

    "Borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry." -- Shak.

    2. To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like.

    "Those [drugs] she has Will stupefy and dull the sense a while." -- Shak.

    "Use and custom have so dulled our eyes." -- Trench.

    3. To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish. "Dulls the mirror." Bacon.

    4. To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden.

    "Attention of mind . . . wasted or dulled through continuance." -- Hooker.

  • 1. To become dull or stupid. Rom. of R.

 

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