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Meaning of dull

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      adj 1: 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" [ant: {lively}]
      2: emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow";
         "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky" [ant:
      3: 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" [syn: {dull}, {muffled},
         {muted}, {softened}]
      4: 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" [syn: {boring}, {deadening},
         {dull}, {ho-hum}, {irksome}, {slow}, {tedious}, {tiresome},
      5: (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; "dull
         greens and blues"
      6: not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain" [ant:
      7: 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" [syn: {dense}, {dim}, {dull}, {dumb},
         {obtuse}, {slow}]
      8: (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or
         slow)"; "a sluggish market" [syn: {dull}, {slow}, {sluggish}]
      9: not having a sharp edge or point; "the knife was too dull to
         be of any use" [ant: {sharp}]
      10: blunted in responsiveness or sensibility; "a dull gaze"; "so
          exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa
      11: not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or
          against something relatively soft; "the dull thud";
          "thudding bullets" [syn: {dull}, {thudding}]
      12: darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "the sky
          was leaden and thick" [syn: {dull}, {leaden}]
      v 1: make dull in appearance; "Age had dulled the surface"
      2: become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or
         brightness; "the varnished table top dulled with time"
      3: deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping [syn:
         {muffle}, {mute}, {dull}, {damp}, {dampen}, {tone down}]
      4: make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses" [syn:
         {numb}, {benumb}, {blunt}, {dull}]
      5: make dull or blunt; "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
         [syn: {dull}, {blunt}] [ant: {sharpen}]
      6: become less interesting or attractive [syn: {pall}, {dull}]
      7: make less lively or vigorous; "Middle age dulled her appetite
         for travel"

Source : WordNet ® Princeton University. 2010.

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