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English adjective: dull

1. dull lacking in liveliness or animation


SamplesHe 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.


Similararid, bovine, desiccate, desiccated, drab, dreary, heavy, humdrum, lackluster, lacklustre, leaden, lusterless, lustreless, monotonous


See alsocolorless, colourless, spiritless, unanimated


Attributedullness


Antonymslively

2. dull emitting or reflecting very little light


SamplesA dull glow.
Dull silver badly in need of a polish.
A dull sky.


Similarflat, lackluster, lacklustre, lusterless, lustreless, mat, matt, matte, matted, soft, subdued


See alsounpolished


Attributebrightness, brightness level, light, luminance, luminosity, luminousness


Antonymsbright

3. dull being or made softer or less loud or clear


SamplesThe dull boom of distant breaking waves.
Muffled drums.
The muffled noises of the street.
Muted trumpets.


Synonymsmuffled, muted, softened


Similarsoft


Antonymsloud

4. dull so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness


SamplesA 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.
Tedious days on the train.
The tiresome chirping of a cricket.
Other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome.


Synonymsboring, deadening, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome


Similaruninteresting


Antonymsinteresting

5. dull (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted


SamplesDull greens and blues.


Similarunsaturated


Antonymspure, saturated

6. dull not keenly felt


SamplesA dull throbbing.
Dull pain.


Similardeadened


Antonymssharp

7. dull slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity


SamplesSo 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.
Dumb officials make some really dumb decisions.
He was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse.
Worked with the slow students.


Synonymsdense, dim, dumb, obtuse, slow


Similarstupid


Antonymssmart

8. dull (of business) not active or brisk


SamplesBusiness is dull (or slow).
A sluggish market.


Synonymsslow, sluggish


Similarinactive


Domain categorybusiness, business enterprise, commercial enterprise


Antonymsactive

9. dull not having a sharp edge or point


SamplesThe knife was too dull to be of any use.


Similarblunt, blunted, dulled, edgeless, unsharpened


Antonymssharp

10. dull blunted in responsiveness or sensibility


SamplesA dull gaze.
So exhausted she was dull to what went on about her.


Similarinsensitive


Antonymssensitive

11. dull not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft


SamplesThe dull thud.
Thudding bullets.


Synonymsthudding


Similarnonresonant, unreverberant


Antonymsreverberant

12. dull darkened with overcast


SamplesA dark day.
A dull sky.
The sky was leaden and thick.


Synonymsleaden


Similarcloudy


Antonymsclear


English verb: dull

1. dull (contact) make dull in appearance


SamplesAge had dulled the surface.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

2. dull (change) become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness


SamplesThe varnished table top dulled with time.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change

3. dull (perception) deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping


Synonymsdamp, dampen, muffle, mute, tone down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)soften

4. dull (perception) make numb or insensitive


SamplesThe shock numbed her senses.


Synonymsbenumb, blunt, numb


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)desensitise, desensitize

5. dull (contact) make dull or blunt


SamplesToo much cutting dulls the knife's edge.


Synonymsblunt


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Antonymssharpen

6. dull (change) become less interesting or attractive


Synonymspall


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change

7. dull (change) make less lively or vigorous


SamplesMiddle age dulled her appetite for travel.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)weaken


Narrower (hyponym)cloud









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