duller, dullest, dulls, dulling, dulled
1) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone or something as dull, you mean they are not interesting or exciting.

They are both nice people but can be rather dull...

I felt she found me boring and dull...

The documentary lasts for more than two-and-a-half hours, and there is scarcely a dull minute.

Derived words:
dullness N-UNCOUNT

They enjoy anything that breaks the dullness of their routine life.

2) ADJ-GRADED Someone or something that is dull is not very lively or energetic.

The body's natural rhythms mean we all feel dull and sleepy between 1 and 3pm.

Derived words:
dully ADV ADV after v

His giant face had a rough growth of stubble, his eyes looked dully ahead.

dullness N-UNCOUNT

Did you notice any unusual depression or dullness of mind?

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A dull colour or light is not bright.

The stamp was a dark, dull blue colour with a heavy black postmark.

Derived words:
dully ADV ADV with v

The street lamps gleamed dully through the night's mist.

4) ADJ-GRADED You say the weather is dull when it is very cloudy.

It's always dull and raining.

5) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Dull sounds are not very clear or loud.

The long whining whistle of a shell was followed by the dull boom of the explosion...

The coffin closed with a dull thud.

Derived words:
dully ADV ADV after v

He heard his heart thump dully but more quickly.

6) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n Dull feelings are weak and not intense.

The pain, usually a dull ache, gets worse with exercise...

I realized with a kind of dull shock that I didn't recognize a single name.

Derived words:
dully ADV

His arm throbbed dully.

7) ADJ-GRADED If a knife or blade is dull, it is not sharp. [OLD-FASHIONED]
8) V-ERG If something dulls or if it is dulled, it becomes less intense, bright, or lively.

Her eyes dulled and she gazed blankly...

[V n] He can dull your senses with facts and figures...

[V n] Share prices and trading have been dulled by worries over the war.


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