- dull «duhl», adjective, verb.–adj.1. not sharp or pointed; blunt: »
It is hard to cut with a dull knife.2. not bright or clear; lacking in vividness, brightness, or intensity: »
a dull sound, a dull green, a dull day of rain.SYNONYM(S): obscure, dim, indistinct, cloudy, gloomy, overcast.3. slow to understand; stupid: »
The child had a dull mind.SYNONYM(S): obtuse, doltish. See syn. under stupid. (Cf. ↑stupid)4. having little feeling; insensitive: »
You never would hear it; your ears are so dull (Tennyson).SYNONYM(S): insensible, unfeeling.6. not interesting; tiresome; boring: »
a dull joke. History no longer shall be a dull book (Emerson).SYNONYM(S): uninteresting, colorless, tedious.7. having little life, energy, or spirit; not active; sluggish: »
a dull fire. The fur coat business is usually dull in the summer. This is the dull season for automobiles.SYNONYM(S): inert, stagnant, lifeless, slow, inactive.8. not much in demand; not easily salable: »
Flour is dull at $7.30 (Thomas Jefferson).9. lacking zest; depressed; sad: »
You are dull tonight; prithee be merry (Sir Richard Steele).SYNONYM(S): listless, downcast.–v.t.to make dull: »
Chopping wood dulled the ax. Figurative. Men have dulled their eyes with sin (Henry Van Dyke).–v.i.to become dull: »
This cheap knife dulls very easily.╂[Middle English dul, related to Old English dol dull-witted]–dull´ness,–dul´ness, noun.Synonym Study adjective. 1 Dull, blunt mean without a sharp edge or point. Dull suggests that the object described has lost the sharpness it had or is not as sharp as it should be: »
This knife is dull.Blunt suggests that the edge or point is not intended to be sharp or keen: »
The blunt side of a knife will not cut meat. The weapon was a blunt instrument, possibly a poker.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.