1. make dull in appearance;
- Example: "Age had dulled the surface"
2. become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness;
- Example: "the varnished table top dulled with time"
3. deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping;
[syn: muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone down]
4. make numb or insensitive;
- Example: "The shock numbed her senses"
[syn: numb, benumb, blunt, dull]
5. make dull or blunt;
- Example: "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
[syn: dull, blunt]
6. become less interesting or attractive;
[syn: pall, dull]
7. make less lively or vigorous;
- Example: "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
1. lacking in liveliness or animation;
- Example: "he was so dull at parties"
- Example: "a dull political campaign"
- Example: "a large dull impassive man"
- Example: "dull days with nothing to do"
- Example: "how dull and dreary the world is"
- Example: "fell back into one of her dull moods"
2. emitting or reflecting very little light;
- Example: "a dull glow"
- Example: "dull silver badly in need of a polish"
- Example: "a dull sky"
3. being or made softer or less loud or clear;
- Example: "the dull boom of distant breaking waves"
- Example: "muffled drums"
- Example: "the muffled noises of the street"
- Example: "muted trumpets"
[syn: dull, muffled, muted, softened]
4. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness;
- Example: "a boring evening with uninteresting people"
- Example: "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"
- Example: "a dull play"
- Example: "his competent but dull performance"
- Example: "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"
- Example: "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke
- Example: "tedious days on the train"
- Example: "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain
- Example: "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
[syn: boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome]
5. (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted;
- Example: "dull greens and blues"
6. not keenly felt;
- Example: "a dull throbbing"
- Example: "dull pain"
7. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity;
- Example: "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"
- Example: "never met anyone quite so dim"
- Example: "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray
- Example: "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"
- Example: "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"
- Example: "worked with the slow students"
[syn: dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow]
8. (of business) not active or brisk;
- Example: "business is dull (or slow)"
- Example: "a sluggish market"
[syn: dull, slow, sluggish]
9. not having a sharp edge or point;
- Example: "the knife was too dull to be of any use"
10. blunted in responsiveness or sensibility;
- Example: "a dull gaze"
- Example: "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather
11. not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft;
- Example: "the dull thud"
- Example: "thudding bullets"
[syn: dull, thudding]
12. darkened with overcast;
- Example: "a dark day"
- Example: "a dull sky"
- Example: "the sky was leaden and thick"
[syn: dull, leaden]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dull \Dull\, v. i. To become dull or stupid. --Rom. of R. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dull \Dull\, a. [Compar. Duller; superl. Dullest.] [AS. dol foolish; akin to gedwelan to err, D. dol mad, dwalen to wander, err, G. toll mad, Goth. dwals foolish, stupid, cf. Gr. ? turbid, troubled, Skr. dhvr to cause to fall. Cf. Dolt, Dwale, Dwell, Fraud.] 1. Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish. "Dull at classical learning." --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] She is not bred so dull but she can learn. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward. [1913 Webster] This people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing. --Matt. xiii. 15. [1913 Webster] O, help my weak wit and sharpen my dull tongue. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. Insensible; unfeeling. [1913 Webster] Think me not So dull a devil to forget the loss Of such a matchless wife. -- Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 4. Not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt. "Thy scythe is dull." --Herbert. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 6. Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert. "The dull earth." --Shak. [1913 Webster] As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so changes of study a dull brain. -- Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dull \Dull\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Duller; p. pr. & vb. n. Dulling.] 1. To deprive of sharpness of edge or point. "This . . . dulled their swords." --Bacon. [1913 Webster] Borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like. [1913 Webster] Those [drugs] she has Will stupefy and dull the sense a while. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Use and custom have so dulled our eyes. --Trench. [1913 Webster] 3. To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish. "Dulls the mirror." --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 4. To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden. [1913 Webster] Attention of mind . . . wasted or dulled through continuance. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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