adjective, dull·er, dull·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of dull
Synonyms for dull
Antonyms for dull
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Contemporary Examples of dully
Historical Examples of dully
"I don't know why you come around bothering me," she said dully.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"I paid it to Squire Hall to-day and he has it fer ye," said Hiram, dully.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
They advanced to the topic again and again, dully, but with exaltation.Howards End
E. M. Forster
The captain looked at him dully; then, understanding, a cackle came from his throat.Under Arctic Ice
As he had crossed the threshold, Beatrix had raised her head and looked at him dully.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
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