English - Etymology
From Middle English dull, dul (also dyll, dill, dwal), from Old English dol (“dull, foolish, erring, heretical; foolish, silly; presumptuous”), from Proto-Germanic *dulaz, a variant of *dwalaz (“stunned, mad, foolish, misled”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰwel-, *dʰewel- (“to dim, dull, cloud, make obscure, swirl, whirl”). Cognate with Scots dull, doll (“slow to understand or hear, deaf, dull”), North Frisian dol (“rash, unthinking, giddy, flippant”), Dutch dol (“crazy, mad, insane”), Low German dul, dol (“mad, silly, stupid, fatuous”), German toll (“crazy, mad, wild, fantastic”), Danish dval (“foolish, absurd”), Icelandic dulur (“secretive, silent”).
English - Pronunciation
English - Adjective
- Lacking the ability to cut easily; not sharp.
- Boring; not exciting or interesting.
Not shiny; having a matte finish or no
particular luster or brightness.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter I:
- A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
- Not bright or intelligent; stupid; slow of understanding.
- Sluggish, listless.
- Cloudy, overcast.
- Insensible; unfeeling.
- Heavy; lifeless; inert.
- (of pain etc) Not intense; felt indistinctly or only slightly.
English - Verb
- (transitive) To render dull; to remove or blunt an edge or something that was sharp.
- (transitive) To soften, moderate or blunt; to make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy.
- (intransitive) To lose a sharp edge; to become dull.
- To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish.