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  1. [verb] make dull in appearance; "Age had dulled the surface"

  2. [verb] become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness; "the varnished table top dulled with time"

  3. [verb] deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
    Synonyms: muffle, mute, damp, dampen, tone down

  4. [verb] make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses"
    Synonyms: numb, benumb, blunt

  5. [verb] make dull or blunt; "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
    Synonyms: blunt

  6. [verb] become less interesting or attractive
    Synonyms: pall

  7. [verb] make less lively or vigorous; "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"

  8. [adjective] 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"

  9. [adjective] emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"

  10. [adjective] being or made softer or less loud or clear; "the dull boom of distant breaking waves"; "muffled drums"; "the muffled noises of the street"; "muted trumpets"
    Synonyms: muffled, muted, softened

  11. [adjective] 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"
    Synonyms: boring, deadening, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome

  12. [adjective] (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; "dull greens and blues"

  13. [adjective] not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"

  14. [adjective] 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"
    Synonyms: dense, dim, dumb, obtuse, slow

  15. [adjective] (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"
    Synonyms: slow, sluggish

  16. [adjective] not having a sharp edge or point; "the knife was too dull to be of any use"

  17. [adjective] blunted in responsiveness or sensibility; "a dull gaze"; "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather

  18. [adjective] not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft; "the dull thud"; "thudding bullets"
    Synonyms: thudding

  19. [adjective] darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "a gray rainy afternoon"; "gray clouds"; "the sky was leaden and thick"
    Synonyms: gray, grey, leaden


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