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Definition of DULL

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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.
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              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.
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              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 [gcide]

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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Dull \Dull\, v. i.
     To become dull or stupid. --Rom. of R.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

664 Moby Thesaurus words for "dull":
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emotionless, empty, enervate, enervated, enfeeble, etherize, etiolate, etiolated, even-tempered, everlasting, eviscerate, exanimate, exhaust, exhausting, exsanguinated, exsanguine, exsanguineous, extenuate, fade, faded, fagging, faint, faintish, fair, fair to middling, faired, fairish, fallow, fat-witted, fatiguing, feeble, feebleminded, flabby, flaccid, flat, floppy, foment, foul, frank, freeze, frigid, frosted, frosty, frozen, fume, ghastly, give relief, glaucescent, glaucous, gloomy, gone, gray, gray-black, gray-brown, gray-colored, gray-drab, gray-green, gray-spotted, gray-toned, gray-white, grayed, grayish, grey, griseous, grizzle, grizzled, grizzly, groggy, gross-headed, gruel, gutless, haggard, half-witted, hard, hardened, harping, hazy, heartless, heavy, hebetate, hebetudinous, ho-hum, hollow, homely, homespun, hopeless, hueless, humdrum, hypochromic, icy, imbecile, immovable, impassible, impassive, imperceptive, impercipient, imperturbable, impotent, in a stupor, in abeyance, in suspense, inactive, inane, inanimate, indifferent, indistinct, inert, inexcitable, infecund, infertile, inirritable, insensate, insensible, insensitive, insentient, insipid, insouciant, insusceptible, inured, invariable, irksome, iron-gray, jaded, jejune, jog-trot, kayo, keep within bounds, knock out, knock senseless, knock stiff, knock unconscious, lackadaisical, lackluster, languid, languorous, latent, lay, lay low, lay out, lead-gray, leaden, lean, lenify, lessen, lethargic, lifeless, lighten, limber, limp, listless, literal, livid, logy, long-winded, low-spirited, lowering, lull, lumpish, lurid, lusterless, lustless, marrowless, mat, matter-of-fact, mealy, mediocre, medium, middling, mitigate, moderate, modest, modulate, mollify, monotone, monotonous, moribund, moronic, mouse-colored, mouse-gray, mousy, muddy, muffle, muffled, mull, mundane, murky, mute, muted, namby-pamby, narcotize, natural, neat, nerveless, neutral, nonchalant, nonemotional, nubilous, numb, numbed, numbing, numskulled, obdurate, objective, obscure, obtund, obtundent, obtuse, of a kind, of a sort, of sorts, opaque, open, ordinary, out of touch, overcast, overclouded, pad, pale, pale as death, pale-faced, palliate, pallid, palsy, paralyze, passable, passionless, passive, pasty, patient, pearl, pearl-gray, pearly, pedestrian, peroxide, phlegmatic, pithless, plain, plain-speaking, plain-spoken, play down, plodding, pluckless, poetryless, pointless, poky, ponderous, pooped, poultice, pour balm into, pour oil on, powerless, prolix, prosaic, prosing, prosy, pure, put to sleep, rattle, reduce, reduce the temperature, relieve, repress, resigned, respectable, restrain, retard, retund, rocky, rounded, rubbery, rustic, sad, sallow, salve, sap, sapless, sated, sedentary, self-absorbed, severe, shake, shake up, sickly, silver, silver-gray, silvered, silvery, simple, simple-speaking, simpleminded, sinewless, singsong, slack, slacken, slake, slate-colored, slaty, sleeping, sleepy, slow, slow down, slow-witted, sluggish, slumbering, smoke-gray, smoky, smoldering, smoothed, smother, smothered, so-so, sober, sober down, soft, soft-pedal, soften, soften up, softened, solemn, somber, somnolent, soothe, soporific, sordo, soulless, spare, spineless, spiritless, spunkless, stagnant, stagnating, staid, standing, stark, static, steady, steel-gray, steely, sterile, stiff, stifle, stifled, stodgy, stoic, stolid, stone-colored, stop, straightforward, strengthless, stuffy, stultified, stun, stupe, stupefied, stupefy, stupid, subdue, subdued, subfusc, sunless, superficial, supine, suppress, suspended, tallow-faced, tame, tarnish, tasteless, taupe, tedious, temper, thick, thick-brained, thick-headed, thick-pated, thick-skinned, thick-witted, thickskulled, tiresome, tiring, tolerable, tone down, toneless, torpid, treadmill, tune down, turn, unadorned, unaffected, unaffectionate, unaroused, unbrace, uncaring, uncolored, unconcerned, undermine, underplay, undisturbable, unedged, unembellished, unemotional, uneventful, unfanciful, unfeeling, unfelt, unflappable, unhardened, unideal, unidealistic, unimaginative, unimpassioned, unimpressionable, uninspired, uninterested, uninteresting, uninventive, unirritable, unlively, unloving, unman, unnerve, unnerved, unnervous, unoriginal, unpassionate, unperceptive, unpoetic, unpoetical, unpointed, unresponding, unresponsive, unromantic, unromanticized, unsharp, unsharpened, unstrengthen, unstring, unstrung, unsusceptible, unsympathetic, untouchable, unvarnished, unvarying, vapid, vegetable, vegetative, wan, wash out, washed-out, waxen, weak, weaken, weakly, weariful, wearisome, weary, whey-faced, white, whiten, wishy-washy, withdrawn, wooden, world-weary


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