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: lacking sharpness of edge or point
a dull knife
: not resonant or ringing
a dull booming sound
: lacking in force, intensity, or sharpness
a dull ache
: slow in perception or sensibility : insensible
somewhat dull of hearing
dull to what went on about her—Willa Cather
: lacking zest (see zest sense 2) or vivacity : listless
a dull performance
dulled; dulling; dulls
: to become dull
The blade dulled with use.
Adjective the dull roar of the crowd the dull knife just bounced off the skin of the tomato without cutting it Verb Fog dulled the morning sunlight. Special earplugs dulled the sound of the chain saw. His hair dulled as he aged. The dog's eyes dulled as he got sick. She takes medicine to dull the pain. Fear dulled his need for adventure. The knife was dulled from use. The blade should be replaced as soon as it dulls. See More
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AdjectiveThe straight-edge blades are honed by hand and will require sharpening at home once the blades feel dull. —Brittany Vanderbill, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Feb. 2023 The extended driving scene quickly begins to feel dull, the reason being that throughout the film, the camera rarely strays away from a close or extreme close-up shot of the actors' faces. —Kaely Monahan, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2023 Back pain may feel dull and achy, or sharp and pinching. —Carrie Madormo, Rn, Health, 23 Jan. 2023 About 40 to 60 percent of patients taking SSRI’s are believed to experience limited enjoyment or feel emotionally dull. —Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 23 Jan. 2023 Earth’s surfaces seemed gray compared to the film’s gorgeous vistas — and the quotidian ways of mankind felt dull and restrictive compared to the symbiotic tranquility of the Na’vi, the race of blue humanoids native to Pandora. —J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 14 Dec. 2022 If your razor is clogged with hair, looks grimy, or feels dull—throw it out. —Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 But it can also be used alone when your skin is feeling dull and dry. —Alex Warner, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 Too much autopilot can leave us feeling dull and disconnected. —Mark Travers, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2022
VerbAnd after all this time, even a pandemic couldn't dull its luster. —Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Feb. 2023 While all that admirably gifts the picture with a bright effervescence, its blights dull its impact, leading to a slight case of rigor mortis. —Courtney Howard, Variety, 1 Dec. 2022 But in a new preview of the film, a villainous laugh threatens to dull her light and drown out her voice. —Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2022 If such news can raise doubts about other signs of weakness, three considerations dull the force of any such counterargument. —Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 Rising theft—and stores’ measures to prevent it—could dull that edge. —Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2022 It can be used to dull aches and pains and tame a fever. —Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2023 Users built up a tolerance to the drugs and needed more and more to dull their pain — or achieve their high. —Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, 1 Feb. 2023 Though be advised that some high water pressure and detergents can dull the edge and loosen the handle. —Audrey Bruno, SELF, 27 Jan. 2023 See More
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