dull


dull
dull [dul]
adj.
[ME dul < OE dol, stupid, akin to Ger toll < IE * dh(e)wel- < base * dheu-, blow, be turbid > DUMB, DWELL, OIr dall, blind, Gr thanatos, death]
1. mentally slow; stupid
2. lacking sensitivity; blunted in feeling or perception [dull to grief]
3. physically slow; slow-moving; sluggish
4. lacking spirit, zest, etc.; not lively; listless, insipid, etc.
5. not active or busy; slack [a dull period for sales]
6. causing boredom; tedious [a dull party]
7. not pointed or sharp; blunt; not keen [a dull blade]
8. not felt keenly; not acute [a dull headache]
9.
a) not vivid; not brilliant; dim [a dull color]
b) not shiny or glossy; lusterless [a dull finish]
10. not distinct, resonant, etc.; muffled [a dull thud]
11. gloomy; cloudy [dull weather]
vt., vi.
to make or become dull
SYN.- STUPID
dullish
adj.
dullness
n.
dulness
dully
adv.
SYN.- DULL is specifically applied to a point or edge that has lost its previous sharpness [a dull knife ] and generally connotes a lack of keenness, zest, spirit, intensity, etc. [a dull book, pain, etc. ]; BLUNT is often equivalent to DULL, but specifically refers to a point or edge that is intentionally not sharp [a blunt fencing saber ]; OBTUSE literally applies to a pointed end whose sides form an angle greater than 90°, and figuratively connotes great dullness of understanding or lack of sensitivity [too obtuse to comprehend ] -ANT. SHARP, KEEN1

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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},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dull — adj 1 *stupid, slow, dumb, dense, crass Analogous words: *lethargic, sluggish, comatose: phlegmatic, stolid, *impassive, apathetic: *backward: retarded (see DELAY vb) Antonyms: clever, bright …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Dull —    DULL, a parish, in the county of Perth, 4 miles (W. by N.) from Aberfeldy; containing, with parts of the late quoad sacra parishes of Foss and Tenandry, and part of the village of Aberfeldy, 3811 inhabitants, of whom 145 are in the village of… …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

  • dull — [dʌl] adjective JOURNALISM if business on a financial market is dull, not many people are buying or selling: • Shares closed lower in dull trading. • Investors were busy moving in and out of two year Treasury notes yesterday, providing a bit of… …   Financial and business terms

  • Dull — may refer to: Boring Dull, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, United Kingdom Dull Gret, a figure of Flemish folklore People with the surname Dull: Jack Dull (1930 1995), professor at the University of Washington John Dull (21st century), American… …   Wikipedia

  • dull — [adj1] unintelligent addled, backward, besotted, boring, brainless, daffy, daft, dense, dim, dim witted, doltish, dumb, feeble minded, half baked, ignorant, imbecilic, indolent, insensate, low, moronic, not bright, numskulled, obtuse,… …   New thesaurus

  • Düll — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Heinrich Düll (1867–1956), deutscher Bildhauer und Musiker der Prinzregentenzeit Rudolf Düll (1887–1979), deutscher Jurist Ruprecht Düll (* 1931), deutscher Botaniker Siehe auch Privatbrauerei Friedrich… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dull — (adj.) c.1200, stupid; early 13c., blunt, not sharp; rare before mid 14c., apparently from O.E. dol dull witted, foolish, or an unrecorded parallel word, or from M.L.G. dul slow witted, both from P.Gmc. *dulaz (Cf. O.Fris., O.S. dol foolish,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Dull — Dull, v. i. To become dull or stupid. Rom. of R. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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