adjective \ˈdəl\

: not exciting or interesting

: having an edge or point that is not sharp

of a sound : not clear and loud

Full Definition of DULL

:  mentally slow :  stupid
a :  slow in perception or sensibility :  insensible <somewhat dull of hearing>
b :  lacking zest or vivacity :  listless <a dull performance>
:  slow in action :  sluggish
a :  lacking in force, intensity, or sharpness <a dull ache>
b :  not resonant or ringing <a dull booming sound>
:  lacking sharpness of edge or point <a dull knife>
:  lacking brilliance or luster <a dull finish>
of a color :  low in saturation and low in lightness
:  cloudy <dull weather>
:  tedious, uninteresting <dull lectures>
dull·ness also dul·ness \ˈdəl-nəs\ noun
dul·ly \ˈdə(l)-lē\ adverb

Examples of DULL

  1. the dull roar of the crowd
  2. <the dull knife just bounced off the skin of the tomato without cutting it>

Origin of DULL

Middle English dul; akin to Old English dol foolish, Old Irish dall blind
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of DULL

dull, blunt, obtuse mean not sharp, keen, or acute. dull suggests a lack or loss of keenness, zest, or pungency <a dull pain> <a dull mind>. blunt suggests an inherent lack of sharpness or quickness of feeling or perception <a person of blunt sensibility>. obtuse implies such bluntness as makes one insensitive in perception or imagination <too obtuse to take the hint>.
synonyms see in addition stupid

Rhymes with DULL



: to become or cause (something) to become less clear, distinct, bright, or shiny

: to make (something, such as a feeling) less sharp, strong, or severe

: to become or cause (something, such as a knife or blade) to become less sharp

Full Definition of DULL

transitive verb
:  to make dull <dull a knife's edge>
intransitive verb
:  to become dull

Examples of DULL

  1. Fog dulled the morning sunlight.
  2. Special earplugs dulled the sound of the chain saw.
  3. His hair dulled as he aged.
  4. The dog's eyes dulled as he got sick.
  5. She takes medicine to dull the pain.
  6. Fear dulled his need for adventure.
  7. The knife was dulled from use.
  8. The blade should be replaced as soon as it dulls.

First Known Use of DULL

13th century


adjective \ˈdəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DULL

:  mentally slow or stupid
:  slow in perception or sensibility
:  lacking sharpness of edge or point <a dull scalpel>
:  lacking in force, intensity, or acuteness <a dull pain>
dull verb
dull·ness or dul·ness \ˈdəl-nəs\ noun
dul·ly \ˈdəl-ē\ adverb


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