What does dull mean?

Definitions for dulldʌl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dull.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dull(adj)

    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"

  2. dull(adj)

    emitting or reflecting very little light

    "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"

  3. dull, muffled, muted, softened(adj)

    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"

  4. boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome(adj)

    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"

  5. dull(adj)

    (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted

    "dull greens and blues"

  6. dull(adj)

    not keenly felt

    "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"

  7. dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow(adj)

    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"

  8. dull, slow, sluggish(adj)

    (of business) not active or brisk

    "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"

  9. dull(adj)

    not having a sharp edge or point

    "the knife was too dull to be of any use"

  10. dull(adj)

    blunted in responsiveness or sensibility

    "a dull gaze"; "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather

  11. dull, thudding(adj)

    not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft

    "the dull thud"; "thudding bullets"

  12. dull, leaden(verb)

    darkened with overcast

    "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "the sky was leaden and thick"

  13. dull(verb)

    make dull in appearance

    "Age had dulled the surface"

  14. dull(verb)

    become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness

    "the varnished table top dulled with time"

  15. muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone down(verb)

    deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

  16. numb, benumb, blunt, dull(verb)

    make numb or insensitive

    "The shock numbed her senses"

  17. dull, blunt(verb)

    make dull or blunt

    "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"

  18. pall, dull(verb)

    become less interesting or attractive

  19. dull(verb)

    make less lively or vigorous

    "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"


  1. dull(Verb)

    To render dull; to remove or blunt an edge or something that was sharp.

    Years of misuse have dulled the tools.

  2. dull(Verb)

    To soften, moderate or blunt.

    He drinks to dull the pain.

  3. dull(Verb)

    To lose a sharp edge; to become dull.

    A razor will dull with use.

  4. dull(Adjective)

    Lacking the ability to cut easily; not sharp.

    All these knives are dull.

  5. dull(Adjective)

    Boring; not exciting or interesting.

  6. dull(Adjective)

    Not shiny; having a matte finish or no particular luster.

    Choose a dull finish to hide fingerprints.

  7. dull(Adjective)

    Not bright or intelligent; stupid; slow of understanding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dull

    slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish

  2. Dull

    slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward

  3. Dull

    insensible; unfeeling

  4. Dull

    not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt

  5. Dull

    not bright or clear to the eye; wanting in liveliness of color or luster; not vivid; obscure; dim; as, a dull fire or lamp; a dull red or yellow; a dull mirror

  6. Dull

    heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert

  7. Dull

    furnishing little delight, spirit, or variety; uninteresting; tedious; cheerless; gloomy; melancholy; depressing; as, a dull story or sermon; a dull occupation or period; hence, cloudy; overcast; as, a dull day

  8. Dull(verb)

    to deprive of sharpness of edge or point

  9. Dull(verb)

    to make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like

  10. Dull(verb)

    to render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish

  11. Dull(verb)

    to deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden

  12. Dull(verb)

    to become dull or stupid


  1. Dull

    Dull is a village located in the county of Perth & Kinross in Scotland. Situated in the Highland part of the county, Dull consists of a single street of houses on the north side of the valley of the River Tay. The place-name may mean 'meadow' in Gaelic. However, Duncan Campbell relates a traditional tale in "The Lairds of Glenlyon" which connects the Gaelic word 'dul' with the withies on the hearse of St Adomnán snapping, thus deciding his burial-place and the founding of Dull. The parish church, unused since the 1970s, is on the site of an early Christian monastery founded by St Adomnán, Abbot of Iona. Several early Christian cross-slabs dating to the 7th or 8th century have been discovered in and around the parish graveyard. A slab carved with stylised warriors and horsemen in the Pictish style, uncovered during grave-digging in the 19th century, is displayed in the Museum of Scotland, and may have formed part of a wall-relief, or one side of a box-shrine. A massive font of rough workmanship, preserved by the church door, is also a probable relic from the early monastic site. The surrounding district was known as the Appin of Dull, the name 'Appin' deriving from Old Irish apdaine, 'abbacy', referring to the former monastic estate. Compare Appin in Argyll, the 'abbey lands' in that case being those of the major early Christian monastery of Lismore. Four undecorated crosses, of which three survive, one at Dull itself, and two in the nearby old church at Weem, once stood around the monastic precinct, defining an area of sanctuary.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dull

    dul, adj. slow of hearing, of learning, or of understanding: insensible: without life or spirit: slow of motion: drowsy: sleepy: sad: downcast: cheerless: not bright or clear: cloudy: dim, obscure: obtuse: blunt.—v.t. to make dull or stupid: to blunt: to damp: to cloud.—v.i. to become dull.—n. Dull′ard, a dull and stupid person: a dunce.—adjs. Dull′-brained (Shak.), of dull brain or intellect: stupid; Dull′-browed, of gloomy brow or look; Dull′-eyed (Shak.), having eyes dull or wanting expression; Dull′ish, somewhat dull: wearisome.—ns. Dull′ness, Dul′ness, the stale or quality of being dull.—adjs. Dull′-sight′ed; Dull′-wit′ted; Dull′y, somewhat dull.—adv. Dull′y. [A.S. doldwelan, to err; Dut. dol, Ger. toll, mad.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dull' in Adjectives Frequency: #649


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dull in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dull in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. J. Frank Dobie:

    Conform and be dull.

  2. Yohan Samarakkody:

    It was another dull day.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Only the dull don’t doubt!

  4. Red Barber:

    Baseball is dull only to dull minds.

  5. Alfred Hitchcock:

    Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.

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Translations for dull

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • كليلArabic
  • тупы́Belarusian
  • матов, притъпявам се, притъпявам, скучен, смекчавам, тъпBulgarian
  • insuls, fatCatalan, Valencian
  • fádní, tupýCzech
  • kedelig, mat, dum, sløvDanish
  • blöd, fad, abstumpfen, langweilig, blöde, dumm, stumpf, mattGerman
  • αμβλύνωGreek
  • amortiguar, soso, mate, corto, alivianar, desafilar, romo, obtuso, mellar, redondear, limitado, aburrido, moderar, opaco, aliviarSpanish
  • nõme, tuhmEstonian
  • sumentaa, tylsistyttää, lievittää, sumea, ikävystyttävä, samea, tylstyä, tylsyttää, tylsä, tylstyttää, pitkäveteinen, pitkästyttävä, hidasjärkinen, tylsyä, tyhmentää, lieventää, himmeäFinnish
  • keðiligurFaroese
  • user, barbant, mat, obtus, émousser, émoussé, assourdir, modérer, engourdir, amortir, adoucir, idiot, ennuyeux, terne, sotFrench
  • कुंठितHindi
  • բութ, ձանձրալիArmenian
  • membosankanIndonesian
  • soporifero, opaco, ottuso, monotono, tardo, smussare, noioso, spuntato, tediosoItalian
  • משעמםHebrew
  • 鈍い, 退屈, つまらないJapanese
  • 무딘Korean
  • کولKurdish
  • retusus, brutus, stultus, idiōta, fatuusLatin
  • blāvs, nespodrs, truls, neassLatvian
  • mātotoruMāori
  • тапMacedonian
  • တုံးBurmese
  • bot, stomp, dom, mat, saaiDutch
  • kjedelig, matt, sløve, sløv, dumNorwegian
  • doo deení daNavajo, Navaho
  • stępić, nudny, tępa, tępe, matowy, tępy, stępić sięPolish
  • estúpido, idiota, cego, imbecil, fosco, entediante, fátuoPortuguese
  • banalRomanian
  • затуплять, тупить, затупляться, глу́пый, притуплять, ту́склый, ма́товый, притупить, тупо́й, затупить, ску́чный, иступить, затупитьсяRussian
  • tup, тупSerbo-Croatian
  • tupýSlovak
  • top, dolgočásenSlovene
  • oskarp, slö, dämpa, tråkig, trög, döva, mattSwedish
  • mapurolTagalog
  • mat, sıkıcı, körTurkish
  • тупи́йUkrainian
  • diswijhîWalloon

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