D d


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [duhl]
    • /dʌl/
    • /dʌl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [duhl]
    • /dʌl/

Definitions of dull word

  • adjective dull not sharp; blunt: a dull knife. 1
  • adjective dull causing boredom; tedious; uninteresting: a dull sermon. 1
  • adjective dull not lively or spirited; listless. 1
  • adjective dull not bright, intense, or clear; dim: a dull day; a dull sound. 1
  • adjective dull having very little depth of color; lacking in richness or intensity of color. 1
  • adjective dull slow in motion or action; not brisk; sluggish: a dull day in the stock market. 1

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Origin of dull

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
1200-50; Middle English; akin to Old English dol foolish, stupid; cognate with German toll

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Parts of speech for Dull


dull popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for dull

adj dull

  • tedious — marked by monotony or tedium; long and tiresome: tedious tasks; a tedious journey.
  • dim — DIM statement
  • slow — moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity: a slow train.
  • simple — easy to understand, deal with, use, etc.: a simple matter; simple tools.
  • boring — Someone or something boring is so dull and uninteresting that they make people tired and impatient.

verb dull

  • deaden — If something deadens a feeling or a sound, it makes it less strong or loud.
  • dampen — To dampen something such as someone's enthusiasm or excitement means to make it less lively or intense.
  • stultify — to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous.
  • cloud — A cloud is a mass of water vapour that floats in the sky. Clouds are usually white or grey in colour.
  • reduce — to bring down to a smaller extent, size, amount, number, etc.: to reduce one's weight by 10 pounds.

adjective dull

  • uninteresting — engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.
  • deadly — If something is deadly, it is likely or able to cause someone's death, or has already caused someone's death.
  • lackluster — lacking brilliance or radiance; dull: lackluster eyes.
  • lacklustre — lacking brilliance or radiance; dull: lackluster eyes.
  • mind-numbing — If you describe an event or experience as mind-numbing, you mean that it is so bad, boring, or great in extent that you are unable to think about it clearly.

noun dull

  • dozy — drowsy; half asleep.
  • somnifacient — causing or inducing sleep.
  • triteness — lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of constant use or excessive repetition; hackneyed; stale: the trite phrases in his letter.
  • corn — Corn is used to refer to crops such as wheat and barley. It can also be used to refer to the seeds from these plants.

Antonyms for dull

adj dull

  • interesting — engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.
  • intelligent — having good understanding or a high mental capacity; quick to comprehend, as persons or animals: an intelligent student.
  • cognizant — If someone is cognizant of something, they are aware of it or understand it.
  • witty — possessing wit in speech or writing; amusingly clever in perception and expression: a witty writer.
  • lively — eventful, stirring, or exciting: The opposition gave us a lively time.

verb dull

  • accentuate — To accentuate something means to emphasize it or make it more noticeable.

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