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"
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
emitting or reflecting very little light
"a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"
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
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"
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
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"
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
(of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted
"dull greens and blues"
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
not keenly felt
"a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"
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
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
dull, slow, sluggish(adj)
(of business) not active or brisk
"business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"
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
not having a sharp edge or point
"the knife was too dull to be of any use"
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
blunted in responsiveness or sensibility
"a dull gaze"; "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather
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
not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft
"the dull thud"; "thudding bullets"
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
darkened with overcast
"a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "the sky was leaden and thick"
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
make dull in appearance
"Age had dulled the surface"
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
become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness
"the varnished table top dulled with time"
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
muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone down(verb)
deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
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
numb, benumb, blunt, dull(verb)
make numb or insensitive
"The shock numbed her senses"
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
make dull or blunt
"Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
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
become less interesting or attractive
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
make less lively or vigorous
"Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"
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
Lacking the ability to cut easily; not sharp.
All these knives are dull.
Boring; not exciting or interesting.
He drinks to dull the pain.
Not shiny; having a matte finish or no particular luster.
Choose a dull finish to hide fingerprints.
Not bright or intelligent; stupid; slow of understanding.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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the dull watch did not glisten as we walked through the cave.Submitted by rinat on August 20, 2019
Dictionary of English Synonymes
Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words
unintelligent, obtuse, stolid, loggerheaded, inapt, doltish, beetle-headed, blockish, sluggish, apathetic, unfeeling, insensate, callous, blunt, obtuse, dulled, pointless, dim, faint, tedious, uninteresting, prosaic, stupid, wearisome, jejune, depressing, lifeless, torpid, slow, inactive, matte, lusterless, lackluster
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How to use dull in a sentence?
FICC is showing some signs of life but that is because rates are back, commodities are back and there's been more volatility surrounding events like the Swiss franc cap. This is positive given the dull FICC markets in recent years.
Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
It was another dull day.
The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted.
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- матов, притъпявам се, притъпявам, скучен, смекчавам, тъпBulgarian
- insuls, fatCatalan, Valencian
- fádní, tupýCzech
- kedelig, mat, dum, sløvDanish
- blöd, fad, abstumpfen, langweilig, blöde, dumm, stumpf, mattGerman
- 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
- user, barbant, mat, obtus, émousser, émoussé, assourdir, modérer, engourdir, amortir, adoucir, idiot, ennuyeux, terne, sotFrench
- բութ, ձանձրալիArmenian
- soporifero, opaco, ottuso, monotono, tardo, smussare, noioso, spuntato, tediosoItalian
- 鈍い, 退屈, つまらないJapanese
- retusus, brutus, stultus, idiōta, fatuusLatin
- blāvs, nespodrs, truls, neassLatvian
- 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
- затуплять, тупить, затупляться, глу́пый, притуплять, ту́склый, ма́товый, притупить, тупо́й, затупить, ску́чный, иступить, затупитьсяRussian
- tup, тупSerbo-Croatian
- top, dolgočásenSlovene
- oskarp, slö, dämpa, tråkig, trög, döva, mattSwedish
- mat, sıkıcı, körTurkish
- đần độnVietnamese
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