Adjective: dull (duller,dullest) dúl
Verb: dull dúl
- 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";
- Emitting or reflecting very little light
"a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"
- Being or made softer or less loud or clear
"the dull boom of distant breaking waves";
- muffled, muted, softened
- So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
"a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance";
- boring, deadening, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, unamusing, deadly, draggy, mind-numbing
- (of colour) very low in saturation; highly diluted
"dull greens and blues"
- Not keenly felt
"a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"
- Taking more than usual time to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
"although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick";
- dense, dim, dumb, obtuse, slow
- (of business) not active or brisk
"business is dull";
- slow, sluggish
- Not having a sharp edge or point
"the knife was too dull to be of any use"
- Blunted in responsiveness or sensibility
"a dull gaze"; "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"
- Not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft
"the dull thud";
- Darkened with overcast
"a dull sky";
- Make dull in appearance
"Age had dulled the surface"
- Become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness
"the varnished table top dulled with time"
- Deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
- muffle, mute, damp, dampen, tone down
- Make numb or insensitive
"The shock dulled her senses";
- numb, benumb, blunt
- Make dull or blunt
"Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge";
- Become less interesting or attractive
- Make less lively or vigorous
"Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
Derived forms: dulled, duller, dullest, dulls, dulling
See also: arid, blunt, blunted, bovine, brightness, brightness level, cloudy, colorless [US], colourless [Brit, Cdn], deadened, desiccate, desiccated, drab, dreary, dulled, dullness, edgeless, flat, heavy, humdrum, inactive, insensitive, lackluster [US], lacklustre [Brit, Cdn], lame, lameo [informal], leaden, light, luminance, luminosity, luminousness, lusterless [N. Amer], lustreless [Brit, Cdn], mat, matt, matte, matted, meh [informal], monotonous, monotonousness, nonresonant, samey [Brit], soft, spiritless, stupid, subdued, unanimated, uninspiring, uninteresting, unpolished, unreverberant, unsaturated, unsharpened
Type of: alter, change, desensitise [Brit], desensitize, modify, soften, weaken
Antonym: bright, lively, sharp, sharpen
Encyclopedia: Dull, Perth & Kinross