dull dull  /ˈdəl/


  1. (v) make dull in appearance
  2. (v) become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness
  3. (v) deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
  4. (v) make numb or insensitive
  5. (v) make dull or blunt
  6. (v) become less interesting or attractive
  7. (v) make less lively or vigorous
  8. (adj) lacking in liveliness or animation
  9. (adj) emitting or reflecting very little light
  10. (adj) being or made softer or less loud or clear
  11. (adj) so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
  12. (adj) (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted
  13. (adj) not keenly felt
  14. (adj) slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
  15. (adj) (of business) not active or brisk
  16. (adj) not having a sharp edge or point
  17. (adj) blunted in responsiveness or sensibility
  18. (adj) not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft
  19. (adj) darkened with overcast



Derived Word(s)


  1. A physicist by training, Merkel can sometimes seem dull.
  2. Young men, toting rifles and with dull-eyed infants strapped to their backs, ripped open their shirts to show me their wounds.
  3. Gandhi bathed in water but used ashes instead of soap and had himself shaved with a dull straight razor because new blades were too expensive.


  1. Migraine sufferers get tips for relief

    Chronic headache sufferers recognize the symptoms from a mile away: sensitivity to light, the dull, faint ache in the temples, or a slight wave of nausea.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Tahlequah Daily Press

  2. MirrorMirror: A twist on traditional street festival tents

    Comment(?) Festival tents are typically dull, with plain white canopies that do little to reflect the playful emotions such events are meant to evoke.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: UB Reporter

  3. Watch this: Daily Tribune Media Minute

    If 'dull' or 'predictable' are the first words that come to mind when you think of the card game... - 8:43 pm
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune


  1. "Hopefully, I have really dull scissors so I can yank the rest of it out that I can't cut," McMahon said. "But I may be surprised how much Mother Nature has already beaten me to the punch. I won't know that until I start cutting."
    on Mar 28, 2007 By: Vince McMahon Source: Forbes

  2. "I hesitate to use the word because it can signify something that is dull or boring," says Carradine, an admitted fan, "but this show appeals on a more intellectual level, but it's a viscerally entertaining show."
    on Sep 17, 2007 By: Keith Carradine Source: Forbes

  3. "If anybody thinks the future of search is going to look like the present search, that's crazy," Ballmer said. "The user interface on search hasn't changed for six years. You still get the same dull, boring ten blue links for God's sake....
    on Nov 7, 2008 By: Steve Ballmer Source: Newsday

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