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dull

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of dull

  1. 1 lacking sharpness of edge or point the dull knife just bounced off the skin of the tomato without cutting it Synonyms of dull blunt, blunted, dulled, obtuse Words Related to dull dullish; rounded, smooth; even, flat, flattened, level Near Antonyms of dull jagged, needlelike, prickly, spiked, spikelike, spiky (also spikey), spiny; jabbing, lacerating, piercing, scratching, stabbing; ultrasharp Antonyms of dull cutting, edged, edgy, ground, honed, keen, pointed, sharp, sharpened, whetted

  2. 2 causing weariness, restlessness, or lack of interest a dull dance recital that made us wish that we were someplace else Synonyms of dull arid, colorless, drab, dreary, drudging, dry, boring, dusty, flat, heavy, ho-hum, humdrum, jading, jejune, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, slow, stale, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearyingWords Related to dull aseptic, barren, blah, dullish, pleasureless, prosaic, prosy, soggy, spiritless; blank, earthbound, gray (also grey), inanimate, pallid, pedantic, sterile, suspenseless, undramatic, uneventful, unexciting, unimaginative, uninspiring, unnewsworthy, unrewarding, unsensational, unspectacular; annoying, bothersome, irksome, irritating; longsome; palling; draining, enervating, exhausting, fatiguing, wearing; debilitating, enfeebling; demoralizing, discouraging, disheartening, dispiriting; common, commonplace, ordinary, tepid, unexceptional, unsurprising, vapid; cumbersome, lumbering, plodding, poky (or pokey)Near Antonyms of dull amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, eye-opening, fabulous, marvelous (or marvellous), sensational, spectacular, surprising, wonderful, wondrous; animating, breathtaking, electrifying, energizing, enlivening, exciting, exhilarating, galvanizing, hair-raising, inspiring, invigorating, rip-roaring, rousing, stimulating, stirring, thrilling; amusing, diverting, entertaining; moving, poignant, touching; alluring, attracting, attractive, beguiling, bewitching, captivating, charming, enchanting, enthralling, entrancing, fascinating; mesmerizing, spellbinding; suspenseful; arresting, provocative, tantalizingAntonyms of dull absorbing, engaging, engrossing, gripping, interesting, intriguing, involving, riveting

  3. 3 covered over by clouds dull skies plagued most of our vacation days at the beach Synonyms of dull beclouded, clouded, cloudy, overcast, hazed, hazy, heavy, lowering (also louring), overcloudedWords Related to dull bedimmed, befogged, blackened, darkened, darksome, dim, dimmed, dulled, dusky, misty, murky, obscure, obscured, overshadowed; sunless; black, bleak, cheerless, dark, desolate, dismal, drear, dreary, funereal, gloomy, glum, gray (also grey), sepulchral, somber (or sombre), sullenNear Antonyms of dull sunlit, sunny, sunshiny; brightened, brilliant, dazzling, illuminated, illumined, lit (or lighted), lightened, radiant, shinyAntonyms of dull clear, cloudless

  4. 4 lacking a surface luster or gloss a good polish should restore that car's dull finish Synonyms of dull dim, matte, dulled, flat, lusterlessWords Related to dull tarnished, unpolished; cloudy, dingy, dirty, drab, lackluster, mousy (or mousey), muddy; gray (also grey), leaden, pale, palish; black, dark, darkened, darkish, dimmed, dusky, gloomy, murky, obscure, obscured, pitch-black, pitch-dark, somber (or sombre), stygian, tenebrific, tenebrousNear Antonyms of dull buffed, burnished, glazed, lacquered, polished, rubbed, shellacked, varnished; satin, satiny; silken, silky; slick, slippery; gemmy, gleaming, glimmering, glinting, glistening, glittering, scintillating, shimmering, shining, sparkling, twinkling; beaming, bedazzling, bright, brightened, brilliant, candescent, dazzling, effulgent, fulgent, glowing, incandescent, lambent, lucent, lucid, luminous, radiant, refulgent, resplendent, shiningAntonyms of dull glossy, lustrous, shiny, sleek

  5. 5 lacking intensity of color that canvas shirt should fade to an attractive, dull red over time Synonyms of dull pale, dulled, faded, light, pastel, washed-out, washyWords Related to dull flat, lackluster, lusterless, matte (also mat or matt); dim, faint; dirty, muddy; achromatic, colorless, uncolored, undyed, unpainted, unstained; blanched, bleached, washed, white, whitened; gray (also grey), indistinct, neutralNear Antonyms of dull bright, brilliant, vibrant, vivid; chromatic, colored, dyed, painted, stained, tinged, tinted; colorful, motley, multicolored, polychromatic, polychrome, prismatic, rainbow, varicolored, variegated; flashy, garish, gaudy, loud, showy, splashyAntonyms of dull dark, deep, gay, rich

  6. 6 not having or showing an ability to absorb ideas readily the importance of the discovery was lost on the dull minds of his colleagues Synonyms of dull airheaded, birdbrained, bonehead, boneheaded, brain-dead, brainless, bubbleheaded, chuckleheaded, dense, dim, dim-witted, doltish, dopey (also dopy), dorky [slang], stupid, dumb, dunderheaded, empty-headed, fatuous, gormless [chiefly British], half-witted, knuckleheaded, lamebrain (or lamebrained), lunkheaded, mindless, oafish, obtuse, opaque, pinheaded, senseless, simple, slow, slow-witted, soft, softheaded, thick, thickheaded, thick-witted, unintelligent, unsmart, vacuous, weak-minded, witlessWords Related to dull cretinous, feebleminded, simpleminded; boobish, foolish, idiotic (also idiotical), imbecile (or imbecilic), moronic; ignorant, illiterate, lowbrow, uneducated, uninformed, unintellectual, untaught, unthinking; absurd, asinine, balmy, cockeyed, crackpot, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, dippy, dotty, featherheaded, fool, half-baked, harebrained, insane, kooky (also kookie), loony (also looney), lunatic, mad, nonsensical, nutty, preposterous, sappy, screwball, silly, tomfool, unwise, wacky (also whacky), zany; fallacious, illogical, invalid, irrational, unreasonableNear Antonyms of dull ingenious, resourceful; acute, astute, discerning, insightful, keen, knowing, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, sagacious, sage, sapient, savvy, wise; cerebral, erudite, highbrow, intellectual, knowledgeable, learned, literate, scholarly, thinking, well-read; educated, informed, schooled, skilled, trained; crafty, cunning, foxy, shrewd, wily; judicious, prudent, sane, sensible, sound; logical, rational, reasonable, validAntonyms of dull apt, brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, fast, hyperintelligent, intelligent, keen, nimble, quick, quick-witted, sharp, sharp-witted, smart, supersmart, ultrasmart

  7. 7 not loud in pitch or volume a dull roar from the distance Synonyms of dull soft, gentle, low, quietWords Related to dull dead, silent, still; calm, dreamy, hushed, peaceful, restful, serene, soothing, stilly, tranquil; muffled, muted, softened, toned (down)Near Antonyms of dull brazen, crashing, dinning, discordant, noisy, obstreperous, raucous, rip-roaring, vociferous; grating, harsh, shrill, squealing, strident; clarion, clear, trumpetlikeAntonyms of dull blaring, blasting, booming, clamorous, clangorous, deafening, earsplitting, loud, overloud, piercing, plangent, resounding, ringing, roaring, sonorous, stentorian, thundering, thunderous

  8. 8 slow to move or act a dull market for luxury goods this holiday season Synonyms of dull inactive, inert, lethargic, quiescent, sleepy, sluggish, torpidWords Related to dull ambitionless, apathetic, indolent, languorous, lazy, lazyish, listless, shiftless, slack, slothful, sluggard, sluggardly; dormant, inanimate, motionless, resting, sedentary, static, still; dead; dopey (also dopy), drugged; asleep, drowsy, somnambulant; catatonic, comatoseNear Antonyms of dull busy, engaged, occupied, working; animated, bouncing, dynamic, energetic, kinetic, lively, peppy, perky, spirited, sprightly, springy, vigorous, vital, vivacious, zippy; assiduous, diligent, hardworking, industrious, sedulousAntonyms of dull active

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


dull

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of dull

  1. 1 to reduce or weaken in strength or feeling the aspirin dulled his headache and he was soon feeling better Synonyms of dull benumb, blunt, cauterize, damp, dampen, deaden, numb Words Related to dull muffle, mute, tone (down); decrease, diminish, lessen, let up (on), lower, reduce, subdue; debilitate, enfeeble, weaken; dwindle, recede, subside, taper (off), wane; alleviate, ease, lighten; abate, moderate Near Antonyms of dull amplify, augment, beef (up), boost, consolidate, deepen, enhance, heighten, intensify, magnify, redouble, step up, strengthen; animate, arouse, stimulate Antonyms of dull sharpen, whet

  2. 2 to make white or lighter by removing color the painting's once-vivid colors have been dulled by time Synonyms of dull blanch, bleach, blench, decolorize, whiten, fade, pale, snow, wash outWords Related to dull brighten, lighten; dim, mat (also matte or matt); etiolate; whitewash; frost, silverNear Antonyms of dull blacken; blotch, checker, dapple, daub, discolor, fleck, marble, mottle, pattern, polychrome, shade, speck, speckle, splotch, spot, streak, striate, stripe, tarnish, variegate; color, dye, paint, pigment, stain, tincture, tinge, tint; burnish, polish, shineAntonyms of dull darken, deepen, embrown


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