Adjective "Dull" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Lacking interest or excitement.
  1. 'More dull, bland, insipid and uninspiring commercial radio is on its way!'
  2. 'The left wing think tanks, for instance, are now lifeless, dull and lacking in ideas.'
  3. 'Moviegoers who look beyond the daily coming and goings, perhaps on a second viewing, may find the dispassionate style, lack of plot momentum and flat characters a little dull.'
  4. 'The next day was as boring, mundane, unexciting, humdrum, dull, tedious, uneventful and monotonous as usual.'
  5. 'Their journey would have been so much more interesting and exciting, instead of dull and boring most of the time.'
  6. 'The quiet little village seemed kind of dull after the excitement.'
  7. 'So no excuses for last minute gifts that are bland, boring and dull.'
  8. 'I was not in the least bit interested in the dull suitors, with their hungry looks and weak minds.'
  9. 'I think they have realised that it is not all dull and boring.'
  10. 'But they still probably create the most excitement in a very dull weight class.'
  11. 'she said she wouldn't be dull and lonely'
Lacking brightness, vividness, or sheen.
  1. 'his black hair looked dull'
  2. 'Once the iron sheet is buffed to give it the dull sheen the engraving work is taken up.'
  3. 'The figure's leather clad legs were the only part of him that was visible in the dull lamp light.'
  4. 'It was made of stone, just as the storeroom had been, and shone with a dull sheen.'
  5. 'There's a uniform, dull sheen to the advice received by council.'
  6. 'The bell on the door tinkled merrily in the dull glow of lamplight.'
  7. 'Both turned to watch the young child in silence, her once bright aqua eyes were dull; no light shone in them and her demeanor was cold.'
  8. 'Then it goes back, filches the worst and puts a dull sheen on it.'
  9. 'The pamor adds color and beauty to the otherwise dull black sheen of the blade.'
  10. 'In most stores, the lighting is either too bright or too dull, but here it is perfect.'
  11. 'Her eyelids appear swollen, a dull gold in the lamplight.'
  12. 'The usual five-hour match period around midday should do the field few favours unless conditions are dull and overcast.'
  13. 'The weather was typical of this time of year with dull, overcast skies, intermittent drizzle and a drop in temperature.'
  14. 'Across the region, despite the dull Easter weekend weather, resorts and leisure attractions were celebrating yesterday after a bumper holiday weekend.'
  15. 'By the time we got home the weather became dull and chilly.'
  16. 'While the sun did not shine, many Easter bonnets were on display in the calm, dry but dull weather conditions.'
  17. 'Only when he had not returned in the early evening - he had no coat and was only wearing a thin cotton shirt even though the weather was dull and showery - did concern start to mount.'
  18. 'I go through each day and it seems like each day is dull or overcast.'
  19. 'The weather may have been dull, but events were not.'
  20. 'Since then the clouds have rolled in and it has become just another dull, overcast day, barely even worthy of mention.'
  21. 'Film-makers also say the dull weather bathes the vehicle in a soft light preferable to the harsh reflections caused by bright sunlight on shiny metal surfaces.'
  22. 'a dull thud of hooves'
  23. 'What that means for people nearby is that nights are accompanied by the sound of a dull thud, boom-booming its way around the neighbourhood.'
  24. 'The beams pulled them in closer until a dull thud sounded throughout the thick hulls of the salvage vessels.'
  25. 'Halfway through this life, the snap in my step is the dull sound of bone on bone, like bass castanets.'
  26. 'The computer sounded a dull beep and the doors slid away to reveal what looked like the bridge of a ship.'
  27. 'There was an uncanny lack of sound for an attack until about fifty yards in front of the gate when the warriors took up a battle cry that sounded like a dull roar.'
  28. 'Yet for her it was only a dull sound, ringing in the back of her mind like some long-forgotten memory.'
  29. 'It sounded like a dull roar at first, but now it was nearly deafening.'
  30. 'In a few moments, he heard a low, dull sound, and didn't realize until a few moments longer that he was purring.'
  31. 'The only sounds are the wind and a dull roar floating back from the mufflers.'
  32. 'The trees around the narrow winding road muffled the buzz, the dull roar of an engine, to keep all residents happy.'
  33. 'My right knee is in a constant pulse of dull pain.'
  34. 'For the last two weeks I've been waking up with a dull pain in my groin.'
  35. 'The pain starts with a dull ache and blossoms into something incredible.'
  36. 'His neck ached still, but the pain was very dull and was exceeded threefold by his leg.'
  37. 'Classically, the pain is characterized as constant, dull and boring, and is worse when the patient is supine.'
  38. 'She could still feel the wrinkled skin of her fingers from the apple's juice and the dull twinge of pain that penetrated every muscle in her back.'
  39. 'Occasionally there may be a dull ache, or even more seldom, acute pain.'
  40. 'Having said that I know I'm lucky that it only effects a few joints in my fingers and the pain is more a dull ache than a debilitating one.'
  41. 'His arms, his legs, his neck, almost every part of his body throbbed with the dull ache of pain.'
  42. 'I had a dull pain in my gut, but thought there was probably no big loss of blood as I was still conscious.'
  43. 'when cutting hard rock the edge soon became dull'
  44. 'Scrape the sides with a fish scaler or the dull edge of a knife to remove the scales.'
  45. 'Using the dull edge of the knife blade, scrape the inside of the top shell in short movements going away from you.'
  46. 'Remove excess soil promptly by blotting or scraping with a dull edge first.'
  47. 'Reaching over, he took the top envelope from the small pile, and with a mail opener sitting next to his bag, he opened it with a quick swipe of the dull blade.'
  48. 'If you must shave, use plenty of shaving cream and a clean razor - dull blades will pull the skin along with the hair, irritating it further.'
  49. 'Using the dull edge of a knife, scrape any remaining innards from the body.'
  50. 'She had an old, rusty push mower with steel wheels and dull blades, the kind you might see in a museum.'
  51. 'I rubbed the dull edge with my hand and held it out only a few inches from my face.'
  52. 'When the blade is dull, the end is simply broken off to reveal another sharp tip.'
  53. 'When the blade is dull, you can replace just the blade instead of buying a whole new clipper.'
  54. 'I never kept a diary when I was growing up but I did receive them as Christmas presents and loved the idea of documenting my daily and dull doings.'
(of a person) slow to understand; stupid.
  1. 'Many parents do not understand Learning Disability and think the children are simply dull.'
  2. 'You have to understand, Saffron was not such a dull girl as she's probably worked herself up to be in your cold, critical eyes.'
  3. 'If I should accede one day to Heaven, it must be there as it is here, except that I will be rid of my dull senses and my heavy bones.'
  4. 'I am not particularly strong, I lack speed, my senses are dull in comparison, my eyesight sucks, my sense of smell and that of hearing are almost negligible.'


Make or become dull or less intense.
  1. no object 'Albert's eyes dulled a little'
  2. 'After a while, the prickly feeling of anxiousness dulls and turns blunt.'
  3. 'This proved to be extremely hot, possibly dulling my taste buds because I could not detect the fennel.'
  4. 'I don't watch much televised football because I think it dulls my enthusiasm when I'm playing but I've always made an exception when it comes to Old Firm matches because they always throw up talking points.'
  5. 'Believe it or not, these are ironies we can learn a lot from, a useful exercise when the culture of consumption dulls us down as we absorb the season's greetings.'
  6. 'Alas, she has grown earnest, musically and spiritually conservative, dulling with the passing years.'
  7. 'A flood of testosterone dulls the messages from their political antennae.'
  8. 'It is a narcotic that dulls the brain and deadens the nerves.'
  9. 'Not so much because it makes those whom it afflicts unhappy, or as myth has it, turn green, but because it dulls their analytical skills.'
  10. 'The scale of the novel was what impressed initially but intimacy has not dulled its artistic achievements.'
  11. 'Memories of this incident in the west may have been dulled by the passage of time.'


1. not sharp; blunt: a dull knife.

2. causing boredom; tedious; uninteresting: a dull sermon.

3. not lively or spirited; listless.

4. not bright, intense, or clear; dim: a dull day; a dull sound.

5. having very little depth of color; lacking in richness or intensity of color.

6. slow in motion or action; not brisk; sluggish: a dull day in the stock market.

7. mentally slow; lacking brightness of mind; somewhat stupid; obtuse.

8. lacking keenness of

More examples(as adjective)

"tradings can be dull in/at/on todays."

"volumes can be dull at shares."

"tradings can be dull with investors."

"markets can be dull on dates."

"volumes can be dull as players."

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Old English dol ‘stupid’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dol ‘crazy’ and German toll ‘mad, fantastic, wonderful’.


(as) dull as dishwater (or ditchwater)
dull the edge of