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Word: dull

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  • verb make dull in appearance
    Examples
    • Age had dulled the surface
  • verb become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness
    Examples
    • the varnished table top dulled with time
  • verb deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
  • verb make numb or insensitive
    Synonyms

    benumb, blunt, numb

    Examples
    • The shock numbed her senses
  • verb make dull or blunt
    Synonyms

    blunt

    Examples
    • Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge
  • verb become less interesting or attractive
    Synonyms

    pall

  • verb make less lively or vigorous
    Examples
    • Middle age dulled her appetite for travel
  • adj lacking in liveliness or animation
    Examples
    • 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
  • adj emitting or reflecting very little light
    Examples
    • a dull glow
    • dull silver badly in need of a polish
    • a dull sky
  • adj not keenly felt
    Examples
    • a dull throbbing
    • dull pain
  • adj not having a sharp edge or point
    Examples
    • the knife was too dull to be of any use
  • adj being or made softer or less loud or clear
    Synonyms

    muffled, muted, softened

    Examples
    • the dull boom of distant breaking waves
    • muffled drums
    • the muffled noises of the street
    • muted trumpets
  • adj so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
    Examples
    • 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
    • tedious days on the train
    • the tiresome chirping of a cricket
    • other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome
  • adj (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted
    Examples
    • dull greens and blues
  • adj slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
    Synonyms

    dense, dim, dumb, obtuse, slow

    Examples
    • 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
    • dumb officials make some really dumb decisions
    • he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse
    • worked with the slow students
  • adj (of business) not active or brisk
    Synonyms

    slow, sluggish

    Examples
    • business is dull (or slow)
    • a sluggish market
  • adj blunted in responsiveness or sensibility
    Examples
    • a dull gaze
    • so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her
  • adj not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft
    Synonyms

    thudding

    Examples
    • the dull thud
    • thudding bullets
  • adj darkened with overcast
    Synonyms

    leaden

    Examples
    • a dark day
    • a dull sky
    • the sky was leaden and thick
Definitions are taken from Princeton’s WordNet 3.0, Princeton University, 2010