Crossword clues for dull
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Dull \Dull\, a. [Compar. Duller; superl. Dullest.] [AS. dol foolish; akin to gedwelan to err, D. dol mad, dwalen to wander, err, G. toll mad, Goth. dwals foolish, stupid, cf. Gr. ? turbid, troubled, Skr. dhvr to cause to fall. Cf. Dolt, Dwale, Dwell, Fraud.]
Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish. ``Dull at classical learning.''
She is not bred so dull but she can learn.
Slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward.
This people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing.
--Matt. xiii. 15.
O, help my weak wit and sharpen my dull tongue.
Think me not So dull a devil to forget the loss Of such a matchless wife. -- Beau. & Fl.
Not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt. ``Thy scythe is 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.
Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert. ``The dull earth.''
As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so changes of study a dull brain. -- Longfellow.
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.
Along life's dullest, dreariest walk. -- Keble.
Syn: Lifeless; inanimate; dead; stupid; doltish; heavy; sluggish; sleepy; drowsy; gross; cheerless; tedious; irksome; dismal; dreary; clouded; tarnished; obtuse. See Lifeless.
Dull \Dull\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Duller; p. pr. & vb. n. Dulling.]
To deprive of sharpness of edge or point. ``This . . . dulled their swords.''
Borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like.
Those [drugs] she has Will stupefy and dull the sense a while.
Use and custom have so dulled our eyes.
To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish. ``Dulls the mirror.''
To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden.
Attention of mind . . . wasted or dulled through continuance.
Dull \Dull\, v. i.
To become dull or stupid.
--Rom. of R.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1200, "stupid;" early 13c., "blunt, not sharp;" rare before mid-14c., apparently from Old English dol "dull-witted, foolish," or an unrecorded parallel word, or from Middle Low German dul "slow-witted," both from Proto-Germanic *dulaz (cognates: Old Frisian and Old Saxon dol "foolish," Old High German tol, German toll "mad, wild," Gothic dwals "foolish"), from PIE *dheu- (1) "dust, vapor, smoke" (and related notions of "defective perception or wits"). Of color from early 15c.; of pain or other sensations from 1725. Sense of "boring" first recorded 1580s.\n\ndull. (8) Not exhilarating; not delightful; as to make dictionaries is dull work.
[Johnson]\nDullsville, slang for "town where nothing happens," attested from 1960.
c.1200, "to grow weary, tire;" of pointed or edged things from c.1400; of the senses from 1550s; from dull (adj.). Related: Dulled; dulling.
1 Lacking the ability to cut easily; not sharp. 2 boring; not exciting or interesting. 3 Not shiny; having a matte finish or no particular luster or brightness. 4 Not bright or intelligent; stupid; slow of understanding. v
1 (context transitive English) To render dull; to remove or blunt an edge or something that was sharp. 2 (context transitive English) To soften, moderate or blunt; to make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy. 3 (context intransitive English) To lose a sharp edge; to become dull. 4 To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish.
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" [ant: lively]
emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky" [ant: bright]
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" [syn: boring, deadening, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome]
(of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; "dull greens and blues"
not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain" [ant: sharp]
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" [syn: dense, dim, dumb, obtuse, slow]
not having a sharp edge or point; "the knife was too dull to be of any use" [ant: sharp]
blunted in responsiveness or sensibility; "a dull gaze"; "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather
not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft; "the dull thud"; "thudding bullets" [syn: thudding]
v. make dull in appearance; "Age had dulled the surface"
become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness; "the varnished table top dulled with time"
become less interesting or attractive [syn: pall]
make less lively or vigorous; "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
Dull may refer to:
- Dull, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, United Kingdom
- Dull, Ohio, United States
- Dull Gret, a figure of Flemish folklore
People with the surname Dull:
- Jack Dull (1930-1995), professor at the University of Washington
- John Dull (21st century), American musician
- Orville O. Dull (April 25, 1888 – December 29, 1978), American producer of the Academy Award-winning film The Secret Land
Usage examples of "dull".
The musty auditorium was a dimly lit torture chamber, filled with the droning dull voice punctuated by the sharp screams of the electrified, the sea of nodding heads abob here and there with painfully leaping figures.
Any faithful account of police investigations, in even the most spectacular homicide case, would be abysmally dull.
The juice of the root is very acrid when sniffed up the nostrils, and causes a copious flow of water therefrom, thus giving marked relief for obstinate congestive headache of a dull, passive sort.
I saw the unlucky son of Sicily the next morning, and I told him that, having found the actress very dull, I would not see her again.
Toward the end of her adolescence, her life had speeded up, then there had been a long dull period.
The Hemp Agrimony grows with us in moist, shady places, with a tall reddish stem, and with terminal crowded heads of dull lilac flowers.
I reached the Col de la Faucille at sunset, when, for a few minutes, the Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte showed themselves in dull red light, but were buried again, before the sun was quite down, in the rising deluge of cloud-poison.
There was a dull ache throughout his body, and for the first few moments he thought he was still in the storeroom, waiting for Marks and Akers to begin the next round of their one-sided prizefight.
Poets and kings are but the clerks of Time, Tiering the same dull webs of discontent, Clipping the same sad alnage of the years.
I was so grateful that I asked her to marry me, though I found her dull company, ambitionless, too much of a shouter, a hitter.
Its verdure was a bright purple instead of the by now familiar gray or green, its amethystine bark electric against the background of its duller companions.
It seemed as if nothing could rouse or sting her out of the dull apathy into which she had reacted after the desperate excitement of the preceding day.
The blue trollies had been replaced with hi-tech steely ones, the ceiling lowered, the faintly aquarial plate glass was replaced with storm-grey-one-way-see-through-no-glare which made even bright days dull ones.
Their conversation was dull and predictable and he flowed past them, and down into the artefact chambers below the palace.
That evening, while a dull glow still lingered in the western sky, though the shadows of dusk were fallen on the fort and its surroundings, Major Hester passed the sentry at one of the gates and walked slowly, as though for an aimless stroll, as far as the little French-Canadian church.