Dull - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dʌl|  American pronunciation of the word dull
Brit.  |dʌl|  British pronunciation of the word dull


- make dull in appearance
- become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness
- deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping (syn: damp, dampen, muffle, mute)
- make numb or insensitive (syn: benumb, blunt, numb)
- make dull or blunt(syn: blunt)
- become less interesting or attractive (syn: pall)
- make less lively or vigorous


- being or made softer or less loud or clear(syn: muffled, muted, softened)
- so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness(syn: boring, deadening, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome)
- (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted
- slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity(syn: dense, dim, dumb, obtuse, slow)
- (of business) not active or brisk(syn: slow, sluggish)
- blunted in responsiveness or sensibility
- not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft(syn: thudding)
- darkened with overcast(syn: leaden)


the dull roar of the crowd

...the dull knife just bounced off the skin of the tomato without cutting it...

Fog dulled the morning sunlight.

Special earplugs dulled the sound of the chain saw.

His hair dulled as he aged.

The dog's eyes dulled as he got sick.

She takes medicine to dull the pain.

Fear dulled his need for adventure.

The knife was dulled from use.

The blade should be replaced as soon as it dulls.

I got a dull and ill paced horse.

The sky was a dull grey now.

It'll be dull today.

When other people were merry, Mrs. Varden was dull.

This being the dull season, we arranged terms at about half price.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: dull
he/she/it: dulls
present participle: dulling
past tense: dulled
past participle: dulled
comparative: duller
superlative: dullest
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