Definition of Dull


  • make less lively or vigorous
    "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
  • become less interesting or attractive
  • make dull or blunt
    "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
  • make numb or insensitive
    "The shock numbed her senses"
  • deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
    - tone down
  • become dull or lusterless in appearance
    lose shine or brightness
    "the varnished table top dulled with time"
  • make dull in appearance
    "Age had dulled the surface"


  • darkened with overcast
    "a dark day"
    "a dull sky"
    "the sky was leaden and thick"
  • not clear and resonant
    sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft
    "the dull thud"
    "thudding bullets"
  • blunted in responsiveness or sensibility
    "a dull gaze"
    "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather
  • not having a sharp edge or point
    "the knife was too dull to be of any use"
  • (of business) not active or brisk
    "business is dull (or slow)"
    "a sluggish market"
  • slow to learn or understand
    lacking intellectual acuity
    "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"
    "never met anyone quite so dim"
    "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray
    "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"
    "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"
    "worked with the slow students"
  • not keenly felt
    "a dull throbbing"
    "dull pain"
  • (of color) very low in saturation
    highly diluted
    "dull greens and blues"
  • so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
    "a boring evening with uninteresting people"
    "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"
    "a dull play"
    "his competent but dull performance"
    "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"
    "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke
    "tedious days on the train"
    "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain
    "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
    - ho hum
  • being or made softer or less loud or clear
    "the dull boom of distant breaking waves"
    "muffled drums"
    "the muffled noises of the street"
    "muted trumpets"
  • emitting or reflecting very little light
    "a dull glow"
    "dull silver badly in need of a polish"
    "a dull sky"
  • lacking in liveliness or animation
    "he was so dull at parties"
    "a dull political campaign"
    "a large dull impassive man"
    "dull days with nothing to do"
    "how dull and dreary the world is"
    "fell back into one of her dull moods"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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Unscramble dull

2 unscramble word found using the letters dull.

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