dull Definition

  • 1lacking interest or excitement; boring
  • 2not sharp; blunt
  • 3not bright, shiny, or intense in color or sound

Using dull: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dull" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The lecture was so dull that I fell asleep.

  • Example

    The knife is dull and needs to be sharpened.

  • Example

    The sky was dull and overcast all day.

dull Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with dull

  • dull-witted

    slow to understand; stupid


    He's not really dull-witted, he just needs more time to process information.

  • extremely boring or uninteresting


    The movie was as dull as dishwater, I almost fell asleep in the theater.

  • a continuous, low-level pain


    He had a dull ache in his back after lifting heavy boxes all day.


Summary: dull in Brief

The word 'dull' [dʌl] can be used to describe something that is lacking interest or excitement, such as a lecture or a movie. It can also refer to something that is not sharp, like a knife, or not bright or intense in color or sound, like the sky on an overcast day. Phrases like 'dull-witted' and 'dull as dishwater' are used to describe people or things that are slow to understand or extremely boring, respectively.

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