adjective, dull·er, dull·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of dull
Synonyms for dull
Antonyms for dull
Related Words for dullesttedious, dim, slow, simple, boring, stupid, dumb, sluggish, flat, quiet, lifeless, listless, placid, dry, humdrum, repetitive, dreary, tame, dismal, tiresome
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"I mean a young fellow; sure you are the dullest wretch," said the lady.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
The most lively thought is still inferior to the dullest sensation.
It was an argument that had weight with them, as indeed, it must have had with the dullest.The Shame of Motley
The dullest, as well as those not needed elsewhere, were included.The Negro Farmer
The "dullest" plays, one might say roughly, are those which last the longest.Another Sheaf
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