adjective, dull·er, dull·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- dull as dishwater,
- dull knife,
Origin of dull
Examples from the Web for dull
But the man appears so weary that I decide to skip the dull stuff and get to the heat.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The work at Art Basel is often interesting, often dull, and disproportionately decorative in nature.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art|Jay Michaelson|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was quoted in The New York Times saying, ‘We dared to be dull’.Can Obama and a Republican Senate Find Common Ground?|Eleanor Clift|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to Mack, he nearly killed her, broke 18 of her bones and, “sawed much of my hair off with [a] dull knife.”The MMA Fighters Have Gone Crazy: ‘Mayhem’ Miller the Latest in a Long Line of Psycho Pugilists|Robert Silverman|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Playlist, on the other hand, called it “too oblique, too delighted with itself, and frankly, too dull to admire…much.”Josh Charles on Life After ‘The Good Wife’ and His Insane Movie ‘Bird People’|Kevin Fallon|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When fluid has collected in the lower part of the chest cavity the sound will also be dull on percussion.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
Suddenly from far away, there came a dull explosion which rocked the pavement.Signal in the Dark|Mildred A. Wirt
Her face was yellow; her eyes were sunken and dull; her hands trembled.A Daughter of the Vine|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
And his odd reason is that Mrs. Pott said she was dull there.All Things Considered|G. K. Chesterton
Louise was announced one dull November morning, a few days later.Our House|Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Word Origin for dull
c.1200, "stupid;" early 13c., "blunt, not sharp;" rare before mid-14c., apparently from Old English dol "dull-witted, foolish," or an unrecorded parallel word, or from Middle Low German dul "slow-witted," both from Proto-Germanic *dulaz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon dol "foolish," Old High German tol, German toll "mad, wild," Gothic dwals "foolish"), from PIE *dheu- (1) "dust, vapor, smoke" (and related notions of "defective perception or wits"). Of color from early 15c.; of pain or other sensations from 1725. Sense of "boring" first recorded 1580s.
dull. (8) Not exhilarating; not delightful; as to make dictionaries is dull work. [Johnson]
Dullsville, slang for "town where nothing happens," attested from 1960.
c.1200, "to grow weary, tire;" of pointed or edged things from c.1400; of the senses from 1550s; from dull (adj.). Related: Dulled; dulling.
In addition to the idiom beginning with dull
- dull as dishwater
- never a dull moment