adjective, dull·er, dull·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of dull
SYNONYMS FOR dull
Related formsdull·ness, dul·ness, noundul·ly, adverbun·dulled, adjective
Examples from the Web for dullness
For the past forty years critic James Wolcott has been a cerebral antidote to the dullness contaminating our cultural pages.The Obligation to be Interesting: James Wolcott’s “Critical Mass”|William Giraldi|October 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Once you're out of breath, you might be within earshot of what that phrase conjures up in the United Kingdom: dullness.Unconsidered Trifles: Found Comedy in the Age of Social Media|Tom Doran|March 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Still, TV-show creators can appreciate the dullness in overthinking sex when the moment strikes—particularly after a certain age.Television’s 20-Something Female Virgins: ‘Girls,’ ‘Grey’s,’ and ‘Underemployed’|Whitney Friedlander|November 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Luckily for him, this is Washington, where dullness can be prized if it is effective.
His address showed that he has the gift of humility, and his dullness was, in fact, proof of that new humility.
At the same time, Lois was also conscious of a lack of response, a dullness, in Theodosia.The Wayfarers|Mary Stewart Cutting
I realized instantly that the plan was perfectly feasible, and wondered at my own dullness in not having thought of it.With the Indians in the Rockies|James Willard Schultz
This is a very dull house, duke, but if you can endure its dullness, I beg you will stay to lunch with me.For Woman's Love|Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
And so also was it with the dullness and sterility that prevailed in the intellectual world.Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
For otherwise the rest would drag, and drop their hands and idle, being quicker to take infection of dullness than of diligence.Lorna Doone|R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for dullness
Derived Formsdullish, adjectivedullness or dulness, noundully, adverb
Word Origin for dull
Medicine definitions for dullness
Idioms and Phrases with dullness
In addition to the idiom beginning with dull
- dull as dishwater
- never a dull moment