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dull

verb

1 dull

Make dull in appearance.

Roget 254: be blunt, render blunt etc. adj.; obtund, dull; take off the point, take off the edge; turn.   



2 dull

Become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness.

3 dull

Deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping.

synonyms: damp, dampen, muffle, mute, tone down.

Roget 174: be moderate etc. adj.; keep within bounds, keep within compass; sober down, settle down; keep the peace, remit, relent, take in sail.    moderate, soften, mitigate, ... show more

Roget 837: be dejected etc. adj.; grieve; mourn etc. (lament) 839; take on, give way, lose heart, despond, droop, sink.    ... show more

Dutch: dempen

4 dull

Make numb or insensitive.

synonyms: benumb, blunt, numb.

5 dull

Make dull or blunt:
— Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge.

synonym: blunt.

6 dull

Become less interesting or attractive.

synonym: pall.

7 dull

Make less lively or vigorous.

adjective

1 dull

Lacking in liveliness or animation.

Roget 849: simple, plain; homely, homespun; ordinary, household.    unaffected; ingenuous, sincere (artless) 703; free from affectation, free from ornament; simplex munditiis [Lat.] ... show more

Roget 32: small, little; diminutive etc. (small in size) 193; minute; fine; inconsiderable, paltry etc. (unimportant) 643; faint ... show more

Roget 837: cheerless, joyless, spiritless; uncheerful, uncheery; unlively; unhappy etc. 828; melancholy, dismal, somber, dark, ... show more

Roget 575: feeble, bald, tame, meager, jejune, vapid, bland, trashy, lukewarm, cold, frigid, poor, dull, dry, ... show more

Roget 160: weak, feeble, debile; impotent etc. 158; relaxed, unnerved, etc. v.; sapless, strengthless, powerless; weakly, ... show more

2 dull

Emitting or reflecting very little light.

3 dull

Being or made softer or less loud or clear:
— The dull boom of distant breaking waves.

synonyms: muffled, muted, softened.

Roget 405: inaudible; scarcely audible, just audible; low, dull; stifled, muffled; hoarse, husky; gentle, soft, faint; floating; purling, ... show more

4 dull

So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness:
— A dull play.
— His competent but dull performance.

synonyms: boring, deadening, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome.

Roget 841: wearying etc. v.; wearing; wearisome, tiresome, irksome; uninteresting, stupid, bald, devoid of interest, dry, monotonous, dull, ... show more

Roget 843: dull, dull as ditch water; unentertaining, uninteresting, flat, dry as dust; unfunny, unlively, logy [U.S.]; unimaginative; insulse; dry as dust; prosy, prosing, ... show more

Polish: nieinteresujący, niezajmujący, nudny

5 dull

of color Very low in saturation; highly diluted.

6 dull

Not keenly felt.

7 dull

Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity:
— Although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick.

synonyms: dense, dim, dumb, obtuse, slow.

Roget 254: blunt, obtuse, dull, bluff; edentate, toothless.   

Roget 823: insensible, unconscious; impassive, impassible; blind to, deaf to, dead to; unsusceptible, insusceptible; unimpressionable, unimpressible; passionless, spiritless, heartless, ... show more

Roget 499: unintelligent [Applied to persons], unintellectual, unreasoning; mindless, witless, reasoningless, brainless; halfbaked; having no head etc. 498; not bright etc. ... show more

Roget 422: dim, dull, lackluster, dingy, darkish, shorn of its beams, dark 421.    faint, shadowed forth; glassy; cloudy; misty etc. ... show more

Roget 376: insensible, unfeeling, senseless, impercipient, callous, thick-skinned, pachydermatous; hard, hardened; case hardened; proof, obtuse, dull; anaesthetic; ... show more

Polish: tępogłowy, tępy

8 dull

of business Not active or brisk:
— Business is dull (or slow).

synonyms: slow, sluggish.

Roget 683: inactive; motionless etc. 265; unoccupied etc. (doing nothing) 681; unbusied.    indolent, lazy, slothful, idle, ... show more

Roget 172: inert, inactive, passive; torpid etc. 683; sluggish, dull, heavy, flat, slack, tame, slow, ... show more

9 dull

Not having a sharp edge or point.

10 dull

Blunted in responsiveness or sensibility.

Polish: otępiały

11 dull

Not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft:
— The dull thud.

synonym: thudding.

12 dull

Darkened with overcast:
— A dull sky.

synonym: leaden.

Roget 429: uncolored etc. (color) etc. 428; colorless, achromatic, aplanatic; etiolate, etiolated; hueless, pale, pallid; palefaced, ... show more

Polish: chmurny, pochmurny, szary


Moby thesaurus: KO, Laodicean, Olympian, Quaker-colored, Spartan, abate, abeyant, abrupt, achromatic, achromatize, achromic, acier, affectless, allay, alleviate, aloof, anemic, anesthetic, anesthetize, anesthetized ... show more.

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