Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: dull
IPA transcription: [d'ĘŚl]
adverb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: dull
    Meaning: 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"
  • Synonyms: dull
    Meaning: emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"
  • Synonyms: dull, muffled, muted, softened
    Meaning: 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: boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome
    Meaning: 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: dull
    Meaning: (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; "dull greens and blues"
  • Synonyms: dull
    Meaning: not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"
  • Synonyms: dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow
    Meaning: 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: dull, slow, sluggish
    Meaning: (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"
verb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: dull
    Meaning: make dull in appearance; "Age had dulled the surface"
  • Synonyms: dull
    Meaning: become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness; "the varnished table top dulled with time"
Usage examples
  • He thought it dull.
  • But it was very dull.
  • "We're damnably dull.
  • The Friday was very dull.
  • Dull and trite commonplaces
  • There is not a dull step all the way.
  • "But won't you be rather dull, my dear?"
  • Soon he found life in the pasture very dull.
  • That routine, however, was in no sense dull.
  • What a dull, dirty, insignificant spot it is!