- Make dull in appearance.
- usage: "Age had dulled the surface"
- Become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness.
- usage: "the varnished table top dulled with time"
- Deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping.
- Make numb or insensitive.
- usage: "The shock numbed her senses"
- Make dull or blunt.
- usage: "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
- synonyms: blunt
- Become less interesting or attractive.
- synonyms: pall
- Make less lively or vigorous.
- usage: "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
- Lacking in liveliness or animation.
- usage: "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.
- usage: "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"
- Being or made softer or less loud or clear.
- usage: "the dull boom of distant breaking waves"; "muffled drums"; "the muffled noises of the street"; "muted trumpets"
- So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness.
- usage: "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"
- Of color. ( very low in saturation; highly diluted)
- usage: "dull greens and blues"
- Not keenly felt.
- usage: "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"
- Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity.
- usage: "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"
- Of business. ( not active or brisk)
- usage: "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"
- Not having a sharp edge or point.
- usage: "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- Willa Cather
- Not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft.
- usage: "the dull thud"; "thudding bullets"
- synonyms: thudding
- Darkened with overcast.
- usage: "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "the sky was leaden and thick"
- synonyms: leaden
WordNet 3.0 © 2006 by Princeton University
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