Definition and Meanings for dull

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Part of Speech of dull

adjective, comparative, superlative, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of dull

as. dol foolish; akin to gedwelan to err, d. dol mad, dwalen to wander, err, g. toll mad, goth. dwals foolish, stupid, cf. gr. dhvr to cause to fall. cf. dolt, dwale, dwell, fraud

Meaning of dull

as adjective, comparative, superlative

  • slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish.
  • slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward.
  • insensible; unfeeling.
  • not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt.
  • 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.
  • 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.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to deprive of sharpness of edge or point.
  • to make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like.
  • to render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish.
  • to deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden.

as intransitive verb

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