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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dull(adj)

    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"

    thudding, dim, wearisome, dense, muted, boring, dumb, leaden, tedious, slow, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, irksome, softened

    sharp, pearlescent, sensitive, carnassial, lustrous, fang-like, razor-sharp, blazing, self-luminous, lucent, noctilucent, burbling, beadlike, scintillating, scintillant, beady, shiny, burbly, silvery, glaring, cutting, fulgent, bright as a new penny(p), coruscant, knifelike, glittering, lambent, iridescent, chisel-like, effusive, luminous, satiny, live, aglow(p), opalescent, keen, bright, beaming, lurid, aglitter(p), agleam, penetrative, glistening, stabbing, interesting, nitid, refulgent, radiant, bouncing, active, buttonlike, slick, beamy, glimmery, fulgid, lancinating, edged, frothy, intense, drill-like, sparkly, alive(p), glittery, twinkling(a), glistering, loud, shining, silvern, metal-cutting, glary, dazzling, bubbly, sheeny, saturated, sharp-toothed, gushing, zippy, salt, penetrating, silky, lively, silken, nacreous, sleek, smart, sharpened, brilliant, effervescent, buttony, breezy, peppy, piercing, glossy, opaline, incisive, file-like, blinding, lancinate, bouncy, warm, effulgent, shimmery, reverberant, spirited, silklike, glinting, silver, bubbling, acute, gleaming, pure, fulgurating, clear, dagger-like, ardent, sharpen

  2. dull(adj)

    emitting or reflecting very little light

    "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"

    thudding, dim, wearisome, dense, muted, boring, dumb, leaden, tedious, slow, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, irksome, softened

    gushing, luminous, drill-like, acute, bubbly, burbling, incisive, opalescent, breezy, silvery, silken, self-luminous, twinkling(a), interesting, sheeny, nitid, chisel-like, salt, glaring, bouncy, ardent, buttony, scintillant, razor-sharp, lustrous, glistening, beady, coruscant, piercing, brilliant, dagger-like, shimmery, shiny, sleek, radiant, nacreous, aglow(p), sharp-toothed, lurid, bright, shining, pure, refulgent, glittery, glistering, glinting, silver, sensitive, fulgent, silvern, gleaming, slick, silklike, bubbling, warm, sharpened, penetrative, loud, reverberant, beaming, alive(p), clear, keen, sharp, aglitter(p), peppy, buttonlike, zippy, lively, effulgent, noctilucent, lambent, knifelike, bright as a new penny(p), beadlike, glossy, scintillating, lancinate, satiny, blazing, effusive, glary, stabbing, intense, glimmery, active, carnassial, lucent, edged, sparkly, file-like, opaline, penetrating, smart, glittering, live, iridescent, metal-cutting, fulgurating, frothy, pearlescent, saturated, fulgid, silky, spirited, fang-like, agleam, effervescent, bouncing, cutting, lancinating, burbly, blinding, beamy, dazzling, sharpen

  3. dull, muffled, muted, softened(adj)

    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"

    thudding, dim, wearisome, quiet, dense, muted, boring, dumb, leaden, tedious, slow, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, subdued, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, irksome, hushed, softened

    fulgent, slick, agleam, beadlike, loud, blinding, chisel-like, effusive, nacreous, silklike, keen, live, lucent, glossy, sharpened, blazing, ardent, alive(p), shining, beaming, glinting, pearlescent, beamy, buttonlike, luminous, lambent, knifelike, dazzling, zippy, sparkly, lively, sheeny, sensitive, aglow(p), effervescent, bright, breezy, fulgurating, stabbing, bouncing, sharp, lurid, glary, burbling, coruscant, salt, fang-like, twinkling(a), penetrating, beady, buttony, silken, iridescent, active, noctilucent, bright as a new penny(p), peppy, metal-cutting, frothy, sleek, radiant, bouncy, silvern, scintillating, scintillant, lancinate, burbly, glittery, saturated, edged, drill-like, carnassial, self-luminous, cutting, brilliant, opaline, penetrative, effulgent, gleaming, reverberant, silver, file-like, satiny, bubbly, interesting, dagger-like, glimmery, silky, acute, piercing, warm, shiny, smart, refulgent, spirited, pure, sharp-toothed, glistening, gushing, clear, silvery, glistering, nitid, glittering, fulgid, incisive, lustrous, shimmery, lancinating, glaring, razor-sharp, aglitter(p), opalescent, intense, bubbling, sharpen

  4. boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome(adj)

    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"

    dim, windy, wearisome, wordy, dense, muted, boring, verbose, dumb, leaden, tedious, slow, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, long-winded, irksome, thudding, softened

    glistering, aglitter(p), self-luminous, buttony, silvery, noctilucent, lucent, warm, blinding, active, aglow(p), dagger-like, salt, bubbling, lancinate, burbling, live, intense, alive(p), sharp, knifelike, piercing, glinting, effervescent, glimmery, glaring, agleam, carnassial, penetrating, silklike, glistening, glittery, silky, stabbing, lively, lurid, coruscant, lambent, cutting, bright as a new penny(p), luminous, beamy, file-like, fang-like, reverberant, ardent, scintillant, silver, keen, glary, pearlescent, slick, twinkling(a), clear, fulgid, interesting, smart, chisel-like, bright, drill-like, lancinating, pure, bouncy, scintillating, razor-sharp, beadlike, burbly, nacreous, sharp-toothed, sleek, incisive, nitid, sensitive, fulgent, saturated, gleaming, bubbly, zippy, loud, blazing, effusive, refulgent, peppy, sharpened, sheeny, shiny, penetrative, lustrous, fulgurating, acute, gushing, satiny, silvern, opalescent, sparkly, frothy, beady, iridescent, breezy, effulgent, buttonlike, metal-cutting, shining, beaming, glossy, brilliant, opaline, bouncing, spirited, radiant, shimmery, glittering, edged, dazzling, silken, sharpen

  5. dull(adj)

    (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted

    "dull greens and blues"

    thudding, dim, wearisome, dense, muted, boring, dumb, leaden, tedious, slow, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, irksome, softened

    silky, salt, beadlike, lancinate, glary, lurid, nacreous, glinting, effusive, dagger-like, brilliant, shiny, glittery, drill-like, glimmery, pure, metal-cutting, smart, frothy, slick, active, lancinating, reverberant, breezy, lucent, sharpened, gushing, refulgent, keen, twinkling(a), bouncing, aglow(p), piercing, knifelike, shimmery, bouncy, glossy, sparkly, glittering, intense, nitid, edged, gleaming, penetrative, bright, lambent, fulgurating, opalescent, spirited, sharp, file-like, interesting, glaring, alive(p), silver, aglitter(p), shining, lustrous, dazzling, sharp-toothed, acute, effervescent, buttony, sensitive, fulgid, clear, blazing, bubbly, peppy, razor-sharp, cutting, stabbing, glistening, beaming, live, scintillating, effulgent, buttonlike, luminous, burbly, noctilucent, self-luminous, lively, burbling, pearlescent, iridescent, scintillant, beady, incisive, coruscant, zippy, fulgent, satiny, glistering, beamy, blinding, penetrating, warm, bubbling, saturated, radiant, bright as a new penny(p), silvery, sheeny, fang-like, carnassial, loud, sleek, ardent, silvern, chisel-like, silken, agleam, silklike, opaline, sharpen

  6. dull(adj)

    not keenly felt

    "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"

    thudding, dim, wearisome, dense, muted, boring, dumb, leaden, tedious, slow, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, irksome, softened

    keen, saturated, loud, brilliant, frothy, silvern, alive(p), sensitive, peppy, aglitter(p), warm, noctilucent, metal-cutting, sharp-toothed, glaring, salt, blinding, sharpened, scintillating, bright as a new penny(p), pearlescent, bright, interesting, carnassial, fulgurating, fang-like, sleek, burbly, refulgent, gleaming, chisel-like, nacreous, gushing, penetrating, sharp, incisive, dagger-like, radiant, intense, cutting, sparkly, iridescent, glittering, pure, silklike, bubbling, lancinating, opaline, aglow(p), live, agleam, penetrative, knifelike, lambent, bubbly, file-like, beaming, glittery, bouncing, beady, bouncy, lucent, effulgent, burbling, glary, razor-sharp, active, clear, fulgent, piercing, buttonlike, effervescent, glistening, buttony, smart, edged, silky, beadlike, lancinate, glossy, silken, dazzling, shiny, silver, silvery, nitid, fulgid, beamy, acute, zippy, coruscant, slick, glimmery, scintillant, lively, effusive, spirited, luminous, shining, lurid, ardent, self-luminous, lustrous, satiny, sheeny, reverberant, stabbing, blazing, opalescent, breezy, twinkling(a), shimmery, glistering, drill-like, glinting, sharpen

  7. dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow(adj)

    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"

    vague, ho-hum, muted, sluggish, subdued, deadening, faint, mute, slow, thudding, boring, dumb, dense, irksome, black, silent, wispy, heavy, dim, purblind, muffled, tedious, impenetrable, dimmed, speechless, shadowy, tiresome, softened, bleak, thick, wearisome, obtuse, leaden

    pearlescent, blinding, glistering, lancinate, slick, metal-cutting, glinting, fang-like, ardent, bubbly, acute, penetrating, glary, keen, buttonlike, chisel-like, glistening, fulgid, sensitive, satiny, silvery, spirited, salt, fulgent, nacreous, glaring, knifelike, silver, opalescent, carnassial, effusive, saturated, silken, smart, bouncing, burbling, loud, beady, shimmery, silvern, reverberant, breezy, warm, incisive, radiant, file-like, luminous, piercing, bubbling, scintillating, glossy, peppy, glittery, penetrative, drill-like, brilliant, gushing, sharp, noctilucent, dazzling, stabbing, intense, agleam, buttony, nitid, sharp-toothed, beadlike, aglow(p), sleek, frothy, self-luminous, glittering, bright, silky, active, aglitter(p), edged, sheeny, fulgurating, iridescent, cutting, alive(p), scintillant, razor-sharp, effervescent, glimmery, shining, opaline, twinkling(a), lustrous, pure, bright as a new penny(p), beamy, lancinating, lucent, dagger-like, beaming, effulgent, coruscant, lurid, interesting, zippy, clear, lively, gleaming, bouncy, silklike, blazing, lambent, refulgent, live, sparkly, sharpened, burbly, shiny, sharpen

  8. dull, slow, sluggish(adj)

    (of business) not active or brisk

    "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"

    thudding, dim, wearisome, torpid, dense, muted, boring, dumb, leaden, tedious, slow, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, soggy, sulky, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, irksome, inert, softened

    shining, blazing, lancinating, effusive, dagger-like, fulgid, penetrative, beady, opalescent, sleek, lancinate, effulgent, aglitter(p), sparkly, lucent, warm, silken, interesting, breezy, shimmery, file-like, lurid, clear, iridescent, sensitive, knifelike, sharp, stabbing, opaline, reverberant, blinding, pearlescent, sharpened, gleaming, silky, alive(p), ardent, zippy, shiny, silver, glinting, salt, glittery, fang-like, loud, sharp-toothed, lustrous, keen, glossy, coruscant, fulgent, bubbly, bright as a new penny(p), bouncing, glistering, beadlike, effervescent, buttony, twinkling(a), spirited, beaming, silklike, burbly, silvery, frothy, bubbling, glaring, carnassial, chisel-like, bouncy, sheeny, bright, penetrating, burbling, self-luminous, acute, dazzling, lively, cutting, glary, aglow(p), peppy, nacreous, pure, piercing, active, incisive, edged, noctilucent, glimmery, metal-cutting, lambent, buttonlike, scintillating, silvern, brilliant, smart, refulgent, beamy, glittering, saturated, fulgurating, agleam, nitid, satiny, drill-like, slick, gushing, scintillant, glistening, radiant, razor-sharp, intense, live, luminous, sharpen

  9. dull(adj)

    not having a sharp edge or point

    "the knife was too dull to be of any use"

    thudding, dim, wearisome, dense, muted, boring, dumb, leaden, tedious, slow, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, irksome, softened

    pure, glistening, twinkling(a), warm, lucent, blazing, lancinating, burbling, bright as a new penny(p), cutting, refulgent, aglow(p), silken, nacreous, shining, saturated, silvern, glary, agleam, sparkly, glittery, satiny, spirited, dagger-like, incisive, lancinate, clear, glistering, lively, effulgent, opaline, keen, knifelike, nitid, sharp, silvery, silver, scintillating, beamy, opalescent, breezy, sheeny, gushing, silklike, beaming, coruscant, lambent, beadlike, noctilucent, glimmery, sleek, dazzling, penetrating, chisel-like, metal-cutting, luminous, carnassial, active, brilliant, fulgurating, bouncy, buttonlike, fulgid, fulgent, salt, edged, piercing, bouncing, intense, stabbing, loud, acute, blinding, bubbly, smart, lustrous, bright, scintillant, glaring, effervescent, buttony, lurid, shimmery, aglitter(p), gleaming, glinting, beady, ardent, burbly, interesting, bubbling, alive(p), sharp-toothed, sharpened, file-like, effusive, glossy, iridescent, frothy, self-luminous, radiant, peppy, silky, penetrative, slick, reverberant, pearlescent, drill-like, sensitive, glittering, zippy, live, razor-sharp, shiny, fang-like, sharpen

  10. dull(adj)

    blunted in responsiveness or sensibility

    "a dull gaze"; "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather

    thudding, dim, wearisome, dense, muted, boring, dumb, leaden, tedious, slow, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, irksome, softened

    brilliant, glossy, blinding, lustrous, glaring, burbling, file-like, clear, fulgid, blazing, beady, reverberant, sparkly, penetrative, shining, gushing, alive(p), glittery, effervescent, silklike, interesting, lurid, lambent, acute, slick, lively, glimmery, sleek, bouncy, razor-sharp, spirited, glistening, smart, buttony, glinting, twinkling(a), stabbing, intense, keen, carnassial, opalescent, bubbling, cutting, silver, luminous, sharp, lancinate, sharp-toothed, sheeny, nitid, aglow(p), incisive, bubbly, agleam, piercing, nacreous, silvern, sensitive, opaline, iridescent, beadlike, shiny, breezy, bright as a new penny(p), gleaming, lucent, dazzling, saturated, beamy, satiny, active, sharpened, lancinating, pearlescent, fulgent, silvery, silken, frothy, loud, beaming, scintillating, edged, fang-like, chisel-like, bright, zippy, drill-like, shimmery, scintillant, warm, buttonlike, glistering, fulgurating, effusive, peppy, bouncing, live, ardent, coruscant, glary, metal-cutting, radiant, refulgent, knifelike, aglitter(p), noctilucent, silky, penetrating, glittering, dagger-like, effulgent, burbly, self-luminous, pure, salt, sharpen

  11. dull, thudding(adj)

    not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft

    "the dull thud"; "thudding bullets"

    thudding, dim, wearisome, dense, muted, boring, dumb, leaden, tedious, slow, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, irksome, softened

    burbly, slick, noctilucent, warm, breezy, reverberant, glimmery, silklike, sharp, twinkling(a), interesting, coruscant, bubbling, acute, lustrous, gushing, brilliant, buttonlike, sparkly, bubbly, sleek, alive(p), knifelike, shiny, zippy, beaming, luminous, silken, dagger-like, lancinate, glittery, burbling, effulgent, beady, glinting, glistening, sheeny, beadlike, aglitter(p), blazing, silvern, silver, sharp-toothed, smart, radiant, pearlescent, bouncing, scintillating, lively, penetrating, blinding, opaline, lambent, agleam, frothy, aglow(p), chisel-like, fulgent, scintillant, live, satiny, file-like, metal-cutting, bright as a new penny(p), pure, bouncy, razor-sharp, keen, stabbing, drill-like, intense, fang-like, beamy, gleaming, loud, refulgent, lucent, silky, self-luminous, lancinating, piercing, lurid, opalescent, incisive, edged, clear, fulgid, sensitive, effusive, saturated, cutting, spirited, ardent, effervescent, iridescent, active, shining, carnassial, peppy, fulgurating, bright, glistering, glossy, shimmery, glaring, dazzling, silvery, sharpened, nitid, buttony, glittering, penetrative, salt, glary, nacreous, sharpen

  12. dull, leaden(verb)

    darkened with overcast

    "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "the sky was leaden and thick"

    heavy, thudding, dim, wearisome, plodding, dense, muted, boring, dumb, leaden, tedious, slow, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, irksome, weighted, softened

    sparkly, razor-sharp, noctilucent, bouncing, glossy, bubbly, pearlescent, piercing, sensitive, glistering, glaring, breezy, glittery, acute, drill-like, penetrative, bubbling, frothy, carnassial, interesting, edged, blazing, smart, salt, aglow(p), sleek, intense, metal-cutting, sharp-toothed, burbly, sharp, aglitter(p), silklike, effulgent, opaline, glary, file-like, bright as a new penny(p), coruscant, lucent, gleaming, luminous, keen, bright, lancinating, silken, loud, lustrous, silvern, ardent, shimmery, lively, beamy, incisive, fulgent, buttonlike, clear, sharpened, slick, spirited, zippy, reverberant, silver, nacreous, buttony, gushing, beadlike, scintillating, effusive, refulgent, effervescent, glinting, lurid, opalescent, brilliant, beady, radiant, live, silky, silvery, sheeny, beaming, agleam, stabbing, glimmery, active, fulgurating, knifelike, peppy, chisel-like, lancinate, dazzling, nitid, fulgid, scintillant, twinkling(a), iridescent, dagger-like, self-luminous, fang-like, penetrating, glistening, satiny, cutting, lambent, shining, blinding, saturated, bouncy, pure, shiny, alive(p), warm, burbling, glittering, sharpen

  13. dull(verb)

    make dull in appearance

    "Age had dulled the surface"

    benumb, blunt, tone down, mute, numb, pall, damp, muffle, dampen

    salt, buttonlike, nacreous, beaming, keen, interesting, silklike, sleek, beadlike, sharp-toothed, scintillating, coruscant, pure, alive(p), refulgent, file-like, bubbly, buttony, fulgent, agleam, silvery, intense, blazing, cutting, beamy, lively, lustrous, lancinate, ardent, gushing, frothy, pearlescent, razor-sharp, satiny, bouncy, peppy, sparkly, slick, burbling, penetrating, smart, drill-like, sharpened, luminous, chisel-like, glary, sensitive, stabbing, bouncing, burbly, brilliant, glossy, spirited, zippy, sharp, gleaming, knifelike, fang-like, glistening, radiant, glaring, shining, opalescent, breezy, effervescent, silken, shiny, dazzling, effusive, noctilucent, aglow(p), piercing, nitid, fulgurating, loud, blinding, twinkling(a), lurid, lucent, acute, silky, effulgent, bright, warm, active, fulgid, glittering, glittery, lancinating, penetrative, glistering, dagger-like, live, sheeny, reverberant, carnassial, scintillant, beady, bubbling, silver, opaline, shimmery, saturated, bright as a new penny(p), glinting, clear, incisive, silvern, lambent, glimmery, self-luminous, edged, metal-cutting, iridescent, aglitter(p), sharpen

  14. dull(verb)

    become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness

    "the varnished table top dulled with time"

    benumb, blunt, tone down, mute, numb, pall, damp, muffle, dampen

    effervescent, beamy, glaring, dazzling, warm, piercing, nitid, nacreous, brilliant, bubbling, penetrative, aglow(p), bubbly, scintillant, reverberant, glistering, razor-sharp, fulgent, zippy, opalescent, sparkly, interesting, fulgid, glossy, penetrating, slick, salt, knifelike, twinkling(a), dagger-like, burbling, acute, ardent, sheeny, spirited, live, sharp, pearlescent, drill-like, gleaming, glimmery, saturated, buttony, sensitive, lucent, lively, peppy, sharp-toothed, chisel-like, noctilucent, glittering, silklike, self-luminous, lancinating, keen, shimmery, silvern, scintillating, agleam, carnassial, file-like, bright as a new penny(p), lancinate, shining, glinting, clear, edged, gushing, opaline, pure, luminous, iridescent, sleek, blazing, beadlike, silvery, beaming, refulgent, lurid, active, loud, sharpened, silken, metal-cutting, glittery, alive(p), effusive, bouncing, glary, bright, effulgent, silver, shiny, beady, lustrous, blinding, satiny, silky, glistening, bouncy, burbly, coruscant, smart, fang-like, frothy, lambent, radiant, stabbing, cutting, breezy, buttonlike, incisive, fulgurating, intense, aglitter(p), sharpen

  15. muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone down(verb)

    deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

    muffle, wash, stifle, mute, pall, numb, moderate, moisten, weaken, benumb, repress, break, soften, tone down, smother, blunt, deaden, damp, dampen, tame, strangle

    sharp-toothed, scintillating, breezy, knifelike, slick, sparkly, penetrative, scintillant, beaming, lucent, piercing, intense, silvery, dagger-like, interesting, clear, effulgent, refulgent, self-luminous, keen, glossy, sharpened, silver, fang-like, glaring, pure, buttonlike, lambent, penetrating, active, burbly, file-like, frothy, silky, buttony, lively, peppy, cutting, silklike, beady, shiny, sensitive, luminous, shining, radiant, alive(p), sheeny, brilliant, bouncy, glistening, razor-sharp, smart, lustrous, fulgid, chisel-like, lancinate, zippy, lancinating, gleaming, edged, saturated, spirited, carnassial, reverberant, dazzling, warm, stabbing, glistering, salt, acute, satiny, aglitter(p), iridescent, glittering, metal-cutting, noctilucent, loud, shimmery, beamy, nitid, fulgurating, silken, pearlescent, beadlike, glary, twinkling(a), fulgent, aglow(p), bubbling, glittery, bright, ardent, nacreous, opaline, opalescent, effervescent, bubbly, silvern, bouncing, sleek, glinting, sharp, burbling, coruscant, lurid, effusive, glimmery, gushing, bright as a new penny(p), drill-like, incisive, blazing, agleam, blinding, live, sharpen

  16. numb, benumb, blunt, dull(verb)

    make numb or insensitive

    "The shock numbed her senses"

    benumb, tone down, mute, deaden, numb, blunt, pall, damp, muffle, dampen

    piercing, pearlescent, glinting, lancinating, gleaming, zippy, nitid, warm, lively, penetrating, beaming, penetrative, stabbing, knifelike, agleam, twinkling(a), glittery, lurid, silken, blinding, opaline, bubbly, silky, blazing, sleek, lancinate, buttonlike, glimmery, radiant, glary, incisive, lucent, saturated, burbly, scintillating, bouncy, brilliant, opalescent, satiny, noctilucent, pure, edged, sheeny, luminous, chisel-like, bright as a new penny(p), smart, sparkly, acute, keen, shiny, glossy, sharp, glittering, lustrous, dagger-like, fang-like, bouncing, interesting, aglitter(p), slick, spirited, glistening, breezy, bright, carnassial, coruscant, metal-cutting, intense, bubbling, aglow(p), shining, live, silvern, cutting, scintillant, fulgid, buttony, loud, sensitive, sharp-toothed, effusive, self-luminous, lambent, fulgent, effervescent, silver, peppy, nacreous, shimmery, iridescent, burbling, active, glistering, file-like, razor-sharp, dazzling, glaring, gushing, silvery, reverberant, frothy, silklike, beadlike, sharpened, drill-like, alive(p), effulgent, beady, ardent, salt, clear, fulgurating, refulgent, beamy, sharpen

  17. dull, blunt(verb)

    make dull or blunt

    "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"

    benumb, blunt, tone down, mute, deaden, numb, pall, damp, muffle, dampen

    saturated, effulgent, silky, blinding, glittering, silken, alive(p), scintillant, frothy, buttonlike, refulgent, file-like, ardent, dagger-like, aglow(p), sheeny, nacreous, dazzling, piercing, sleek, knifelike, sparkly, metal-cutting, radiant, smart, warm, chisel-like, spirited, sharpened, lambent, stabbing, twinkling(a), acute, incisive, sharp-toothed, lancinating, blazing, clear, cutting, agleam, glistening, silvery, bubbly, bubbling, fulgent, beamy, beady, opalescent, penetrative, lucent, brilliant, effervescent, satiny, silvern, sharp, interesting, beadlike, burbly, sensitive, active, glossy, iridescent, gleaming, fulgid, shimmery, coruscant, glimmery, glary, scintillating, razor-sharp, drill-like, glinting, lurid, glittery, penetrating, zippy, intense, edged, noctilucent, bright as a new penny(p), lively, bright, effusive, lancinate, loud, buttony, reverberant, gushing, fulgurating, nitid, silver, beaming, fang-like, pearlescent, pure, carnassial, luminous, aglitter(p), lustrous, keen, burbling, glaring, glistering, silklike, bouncy, bouncing, shining, opaline, shiny, live, slick, self-luminous, breezy, peppy, salt, sharpen

  18. pall, dull(verb)

    become less interesting or attractive

    weary, muffle, blunt, mute, pall, numb, fatigue, scare, scare off, benumb, die, tire, frighten away, cloy, become flat, dampen, damp, scare away, tone down, daunt, frighten off, dash, jade

    buttonlike, dazzling, blazing, shimmery, beady, frothy, glaring, penetrative, lancinate, penetrating, fang-like, blinding, sensitive, incisive, brilliant, lurid, smart, sleek, salt, glary, lancinating, saturated, twinkling(a), live, clear, bright, bouncing, lambent, silken, nitid, pure, fulgent, lustrous, opalescent, bubbly, file-like, zippy, sharp-toothed, fulgurating, lucent, coruscant, luminous, intense, spirited, keen, sheeny, burbling, dagger-like, interesting, effervescent, silvery, iridescent, silver, agleam, scintillating, burbly, alive(p), shiny, glittery, razor-sharp, loud, aglitter(p), effusive, silky, glistening, shining, beamy, reverberant, edged, refulgent, beaming, pearlescent, knifelike, gleaming, beadlike, chisel-like, gushing, effulgent, silklike, drill-like, glossy, sharp, ardent, noctilucent, carnassial, lively, glinting, active, aglow(p), sharpened, buttony, slick, glittering, sparkly, scintillant, bouncy, glistering, metal-cutting, satiny, bubbling, warm, fulgid, nacreous, peppy, cutting, radiant, self-luminous, opaline, stabbing, acute, breezy, bright as a new penny(p), silvern, piercing, glimmery, sharpen

  19. dull(verb)

    make less lively or vigorous

    "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"

    benumb, blunt, tone down, mute, numb, pall, damp, muffle, dampen

    scintillating, silky, silvern, effusive, glittering, aglow(p), piercing, lambent, slick, clear, bright as a new penny(p), nacreous, opaline, penetrative, peppy, sharp, glary, fulgent, knifelike, shining, acute, silvery, lancinate, buttonlike, active, salt, glistering, silver, aglitter(p), glimmery, blinding, penetrating, glittery, lustrous, coruscant, alive(p), beamy, bouncing, spirited, sensitive, fulgid, beaming, effulgent, shimmery, gushing, blazing, burbly, cutting, warm, fulgurating, bouncy, silken, bubbly, sheeny, opalescent, satiny, sleek, luminous, incisive, glinting, sharp-toothed, bubbling, pearlescent, bright, twinkling(a), beadlike, ardent, keen, file-like, dazzling, beady, sparkly, scintillant, loud, shiny, lucent, intense, metal-cutting, lurid, sharpened, interesting, iridescent, razor-sharp, silklike, frothy, breezy, agleam, self-luminous, glossy, reverberant, chisel-like, gleaming, zippy, carnassial, radiant, noctilucent, lively, nitid, fang-like, burbling, dagger-like, buttony, live, smart, glaring, effervescent, drill-like, lancinating, stabbing, refulgent, pure, edged, brilliant, saturated, glistening, sharpen


  1. dull(adjective)

    intelligent, bright

  2. dull(adjective)

    Lacking the ability to cut easily; not sharp.

    All these knives are dull.

    lackluster, matte

    intelligent, bright

  3. dull(adjective)

    Boring; not exciting or interesting.

    He drinks to dull the pain.

    matte, lackluster

    intelligent, bright

  4. dull(adjective)

    Not shiny; having a matte finish or no particular luster.

    Choose a dull finish to hide fingerprints.

    matte, lackluster

    intelligent, bright

  5. dull(adjective)

    Not bright or intelligent; stupid; slow of understanding.

    matte, lackluster

    intelligent, bright

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. dull

    Slow signifies moving through a relatively short distance, or with a relatively small number of motions in a given time; slow also applies to that which is a relatively long while in beginning or accomplishing something; a watch or a clock is said to be slow when its indications are behind those of the standard time. Tardy is applied to that which is behind the proper or desired time, especially in doing a work or arriving at a place. Deliberate and dilatory are used of persons, tho the latter may be used also of things, as of a stream; a person is deliberate who takes a noticeably long time to consider and decide before acting or who acts or speaks as if he were deliberating at every point; a person is dilatory who lays aside, or puts off as long as possible, necessary or required action; both words may be applied either to undertaking or to doing. Gradual (Latin gradus, a step) signifies advancing by steps, and refers to slow but regular and sure progression. Slack refers to action that seems to indicate a lack of tension, as of muscle or of will, sluggish to action that seems as if reluctant to advance.

    See synonyms for NIMBLE.

    dawdling, delaying, deliberate, dilatory, drowsy, gradual, inactive, inert, lingering, moderate, procrastinating, slack, slow, sluggish, tardy

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. dull

    stupid, stolid, doltish, insensible, callous, heavy, gloomy, dismal, cloudy, turbid, opaque, dowdy, sluggish, sad, tiresome, commonplace, dead

    sharp, clever, lively, animated, sensible, cheerful, exhilarating, brightness, transparent, brilliant, burnished

Editors Contribution

  1. desaturated

    Submitted by anonymous on January 12, 2020  
  2. non-luminous

    the dull watch did not glisten as we walked through the cave.

    Submitted by rinat on August 20, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. dull(a.)

    stupid, stolid, doltish, blockish, brutish, unintelligent, unintellectual, shallow, blunt-witted

  2. dull(a.)

    apathetic, insensible, unimpassioned, passionless, dead, callous

  3. dull(a.)

    inert, inactive, lifeless, inanimate, heavy, sluggish, slow, torpid

  4. dull(a.)

    blunt, obtuse, not sharp

  5. dull(a.)

    gloomy, sad, dismal, cheerless

  6. dull(a.)

    dim, obscure, not bright, not vivid

  7. dull(a.)

    tedious, wearisome, tiresome, uninteresting

  8. dull(v. a.)

    blunt, make blunt

  9. dull(v. a.)

    stupefy, benumb, deaden, paralyze, obtund, hebetate, make or render insensible, render callous, make obtuse

  10. dull(v. a.)

    depress, dishearten, discourage, dispirit, deject, make melancholy, make sad or dejected

  11. dull(v. a.)

    quiet, allay, moderate, assuage, mitigate, alleviate, soften

  12. dull(v. a.)

    sully, tarnish

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  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world sparkles with light.

  2. Isaac Asimov:

    Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know -- and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. It is better to know -- even if the knowledge endures only for the moment that comes before destruction -- than to gain eternal life at the price of a dull and swinish lack of comprehension of a universe that swirls unseen before us in all its wonder. That was the choice of Achilles, and it is mine, too.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Many beautiful flowers create a wonderful bouquet, A lot of vegetables make a delicious salad. There is beauty, grace and elegance in diversity, in differentness of all components that leads to stronger and better creation when brought together, America is strong because of the awesome unity in diversity of various people with their distinct cultures, races, colors, ethnicities, thoughts and beliefs. Life is wonderful manly because of such unity in diversity, If not for diversity, it would be dull and depressing. It's so remarkable that we all are different, and yet we all are very equal, being united with a common goal and strong love for America, God Bless America!

  4. Albert Einstein:

    The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. So to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that which is impenetretrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms-this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If you are close to a precipice, go away a bit; if you are far from it, come close a bit! Enjoy the safety, enjoy the view! Without safety, it is dangerous; without view, it is dull! Life is an art of adjusting the distances!

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  • كليلArabic
  • тупы́Belarusian
  • матов, притъпявам се, притъпявам, скучен, смекчавам, тъпBulgarian
  • insuls, fatCatalan, Valencian
  • fádní, tupýCzech
  • kedelig, mat, dum, sløvDanish
  • blöd, fad, abstumpfen, langweilig, blöde, dumm, stumpf, mattGerman
  • αμβλύνωGreek
  • amortiguar, soso, mate, corto, alivianar, desafilar, romo, obtuso, mellar, redondear, limitado, aburrido, moderar, opaco, aliviarSpanish
  • nõme, tuhmEstonian
  • sumentaa, tylsistyttää, lievittää, sumea, ikävystyttävä, samea, tylstyä, tylsyttää, tylsä, tylstyttää, pitkäveteinen, pitkästyttävä, hidasjärkinen, tylsyä, tyhmentää, lieventää, himmeäFinnish
  • keðiligurFaroese
  • user, barbant, mat, obtus, émousser, émoussé, assourdir, modérer, engourdir, amortir, adoucir, idiot, ennuyeux, terne, sotFrench
  • कुंठितHindi
  • բութ, ձանձրալիArmenian
  • membosankanIndonesian
  • soporifero, opaco, ottuso, monotono, tardo, smussare, noioso, spuntato, tediosoItalian
  • משעמםHebrew
  • 鈍い, 退屈, つまらないJapanese
  • 무딘Korean
  • کولKurdish
  • retusus, brutus, stultus, idiōta, fatuusLatin
  • blāvs, nespodrs, truls, neassLatvian
  • mātotoruMāori
  • тапMacedonian
  • တုံးBurmese
  • bot, stomp, dom, mat, saaiDutch
  • kjedelig, matt, sløve, sløv, dumNorwegian
  • doo deení daNavajo, Navaho
  • stępić, nudny, tępa, tępe, matowy, tępy, stępić sięPolish
  • estúpido, idiota, cego, imbecil, fosco, entediante, fátuoPortuguese
  • banalRomanian
  • затуплять, тупить, затупляться, глу́пый, притуплять, ту́склый, ма́товый, притупить, тупо́й, затупить, ску́чный, иступить, затупитьсяRussian
  • tup, тупSerbo-Croatian
  • tupýSlovak
  • top, dolgočásenSlovene
  • oskarp, slö, dämpa, tråkig, trög, döva, mattSwedish
  • mapurolTagalog
  • mat, sıkıcı, körTurkish
  • тупи́йUkrainian
  • diswijhîWalloon

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