Dull

Definition of Dull

a.1.Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish.
She is not bred so dull but she can learn.
- Shak.
2.Slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward.
This people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing.
- Matt. xiii. 15.
O, help my weak wit and sharpen my dull tongue.
- Spenser.
3.Insensible; unfeeling.
Think me not
So dull a devil to forget the loss
Of such a matchless wife.
- Beau. & Fl.
4.Not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt.
5.Not bright or clear to the eye; wanting in liveliness of color or luster; not vivid; obscure; dim; as, a dull fire or lamp; a dull red or yellow; a dull mirror.
6.Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert.
As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so changes of study a dull brain.
- Longfellow.
7.Furnishing little delight, spirit, or variety; uninteresting; tedious; cheerless; gloomy; melancholy; depressing; as, a dull story or sermon; a dull occupation or period; hence, cloudy; overcast; as, a dull day.
v. t.1.To deprive of sharpness of edge or point.
[imp. & p. p. Duller ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dulling.]
Borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
- Shak.
2.To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like.
Those [drugs] she has
Will stupefy and dull the sense a while.
- Shak.
Use and custom have so dulled our eyes.
- Trench.
3.To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish.
4.To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden.
v. i.1.To become dull or stupid.

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