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DULL, a. [G.]

1. Stupid; doltish; blockish; slow of understanding; as a lad of dull genius.

2. Heavy; sluggish; without life or spirit; as a surfeit leaves a man very dull.

3. Slow of motion; sluggish; as a dull stream.

4. Slow of hearing or seeing; as dull of hearing; dull of seeing.

5. Slow to learn or comprehend; unready; awkward; as a dull scholar.

6. Sleepy; drowsy.

7. Sad; melancholy.

8. Gross; cloggy; insensible; as the dull earth.

9. Not pleasing or delightful; not exhilarating; cheerless; as, to make dictionaries is dull work.

10. Not bright or clear; clouded; tarnished; as, the mirror is dull.

11. Not bright; not briskly burning; as a dull fire.

12 Dim; obscure; not vivid; as a dull light.

13. Blunt; obtuse; having a thick edge; as a dull knife or ax.

14. Cloudy; overcast; not clear; not enlivening; as dull weather.

15. With seamen, being without wind; as, a ship has a dull time.

16. Not lively or animated; as a dull eye.

DULL, v.t.

1. To make dull; to stupify; as, to dull the senses.

2. To blunt; as, to dull a sword or an ax.

3. To make sad or melancholy.

4. To hebetate; to make insensible or slow to perceive; as, to dull the ears; to dull the wits.

5. To damp; to render lifeless; as, to dull the attention.

6. To make heavy or slow of motion; as, to dull industry.

7. To sully; to tarnish or cloud; as, the breath dulls a mirror.

DULL, v.i. To become dull or blunt; to become stupid.




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DULL, a. [G.]

1. Stupid; doltish; blockish; slow of understanding; as a lad of dull genius.

2. Heavy; sluggish; without life or spirit; as a surfeit leaves a man very dull.

3. Slow of motion; sluggish; as a dull stream.

4. Slow of hearing or seeing; as dull of hearing; dull of seeing.

5. Slow to learn or comprehend; unready; awkward; as a dull scholar.

6. Sleepy; drowsy.

7. Sad; melancholy.

8. Gross; cloggy; insensible; as the dull earth.

9. Not pleasing or delightful; not exhilarating; cheerless; as, to make dictionaries is dull work.

10. Not bright or clear; clouded; tarnished; as, the mirror is dull.

11. Not bright; not briskly burning; as a dull fire.

12 Dim; obscure; not vivid; as a dull light.

13. Blunt; obtuse; having a thick edge; as a dull knife or ax.

14. Cloudy; overcast; not clear; not enlivening; as dull weather.

15. With seamen, being without wind; as, a ship has a dull time.

16. Not lively or animated; as a dull eye.

DULL, v.t.

1. To make dull; to stupify; as, to dull the senses.

2. To blunt; as, to dull a sword or an ax.

3. To make sad or melancholy.

4. To hebetate; to make insensible or slow to perceive; as, to dull the ears; to dull the wits.

5. To damp; to render lifeless; as, to dull the attention.

6. To make heavy or slow of motion; as, to dull industry.

7. To sully; to tarnish or cloud; as, the breath dulls a mirror.

DULL, v.i. To become dull or blunt; to become stupid.


DULL, a. [W. dol, dwl; Sax. dol, a wandering; also dull, foolish, stupid; D. dol, mad; G. toll, and tölpel, a dolt; Sax. dwolian, to wander, to rave. Qu. Dan. dvæler, to loiter; Sw. dvälias, id., or dvala, a trance.]

  1. Stupid; doltish; blockish; slow of understanding; as, a lad of dull genius.
  2. Heavy; sluggish; without life or spirit; as, a surfeit leaves a man very dull.
  3. Slow of motion; sluggish; as, a dull stream.
  4. Slow of hearing or seeing; as, dull of hearing; dull of seeing.
  5. Slow to learn or comprehend; unready; awkward; as, a dull scholar.
  6. Sleepy; drowsy.
  7. Sad; melancholy.
  8. Gross; cloggy; insensible; as, the dull earth.
  9. Not pleasing or delightful; not exhilarating; cheerless; as, to make dictionaries is dull work. – Johnson.
  10. Not bright or clear; clouded; tarnished; as, the mirror is dull.
  11. Not bright; not briskly burning; as, a dull fire.
  12. Dim; obscure; not vivid; as, a dull light.
  13. Blunt; obtuse; having a thick edge; as, a dull knife or ax.
  14. Cloudy; overcast; not clear; not enlivening; as, dull weather.
  15. With seamen, being without wind; as, a ship has a dull time.
  16. Not lively or animated; as, a dull eye.

DULL, v.i.

To become dull or blunt; to become stupid.


DULL, v.t.

  1. To make dull; to stupefy; as, to dull the senses. – Shak.
  2. To blunt; as, to dull a sword or an ax.
  3. To make sad or melancholy.
  4. To hebetate; to make insensible or slow to perceive; as, to dull the ears; to dull the wits. – Spenser. Ascham.
  5. To damp; to render lifeless; as, to dull the attention. – Hooker.
  6. To make heavy or slow of motion; as, to dull industry. – Bacon.
  7. To sully; to tarnish or cloud; as, the breath dulls a mirror.

Dull
  1. Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish.

    "Dull at classical learning." Thackeray.

    She is not bred so dull but she can learn. Shak.

  2. To deprive of sharpness of edge or point.

    "This . . . dulled their swords." Bacon.

    Borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. Shak.

  3. To become dull or stupid.

    Rom. of R.
  4. 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. Spenser.

  5. 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.
    Shak.

    Use and custom have so dulled our eyes. Trench.

  6. Insensible; unfeeling.

    Think me not
    So dull a devil to forget the loss
    Of such a matchless wife.
    Beau. *** Fl.

  7. To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish.

    "Dulls the mirror." Bacon.
  8. Not keen in edge or point] lacking sharpness; blunt.

    "Thy scythe is dull." Herbert.
  9. 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. Hooker.

  10. 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.
  11. Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert.

    "The dull earth." Shak.

    As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so changes of study a dull brain. Longfellow.

  12. 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.

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Dull

DULL, adjective [G.]

1. Stupid; doltish; blockish; slow of understanding; as a lad of dull genius.

2. Heavy; sluggish; without life or spirit; as a surfeit leaves a man very dull

3. Slow of motion; sluggish; as a dull stream.

4. Slow of hearing or seeing; as dull of hearing; dull of seeing.

5. Slow to learn or comprehend; unready; awkward; as a dull scholar.

6. Sleepy; drowsy.

7. Sad; melancholy.

8. Gross; cloggy; insensible; as the dull earth.

9. Not pleasing or delightful; not exhilarating; cheerless; as, to make dictionaries is dull work.

10. Not bright or clear; clouded; tarnished; as, the mirror is dull

11. Not bright; not briskly burning; as a dull fire.

12 Dim; obscure; not vivid; as a dull light.

13. Blunt; obtuse; having a thick edge; as a dull knife or ax.

14. Cloudy; overcast; not clear; not enlivening; as dull weather.

15. With seamen, being without wind; as, a ship has a dull time.

16. Not lively or animated; as a dull eye.

DULL, verb transitive

1. To make dull; to stupify; as, to dull the senses.

2. To blunt; as, to dull a sword or an ax.

3. To make sad or melancholy.

4. To hebetate; to make insensible or slow to perceive; as, to dull the ears; to dull the wits.

5. To damp; to render lifeless; as, to dull the attention.

6. To make heavy or slow of motion; as, to dull industry.

7. To sully; to tarnish or cloud; as, the breath dulls a mirror.

DULL, verb intransitive To become dull or blunt; to become stupid.

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