dull /ˈdəl/ 形容詞
Dull a. [Compar. Duller superl. Dullest.]
1. Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish. “Dull at classical learning.”
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. “Thy scythe is dull.”
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. “The dull earth.”
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.
Along life's dullest, dreariest walk. -- Keble.
Syn: -- Lifeless; inanimate; dead; stupid; doltish; heavy; sluggish; sleepy; drowsy; gross; cheerless; tedious; irksome; dismal; dreary; clouded; tarnished; obtuse. See Lifeless.
Dull, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Duller p. pr. & vb. n. Dulling.]
1. To deprive of sharpness of edge or point. “This . . . dulled their swords.”
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. “Dulls the mirror.”
4. To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden.
Attention of mind . . . wasted or dulled through continuance. --Hooker.
Dull, v. i. To become dull or stupid.
adj 1: 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" [ant: lively]
2: emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow";
"dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"
3: 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" [syn: muffled, muted,
4: 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" [syn: boring, deadening, ho-hum, irksome,
slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome]
5: (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; "dull
greens and blues"
6: not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain" [ant: sharp]
7: 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"
[syn: dense, dim, dumb, obtuse, slow]
8: (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or
slow)"; "a sluggish market" [syn: slow, sluggish]
9: not having a sharp edge or point; "the knife was too dull to
be of any use" [ant: sharp]
10: blunted in responsiveness or sensibility; "a dull gaze"; "so
exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa
11: not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or
against something relatively soft; "the dull thud";
"thudding bullets" [syn: thudding]
12: darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "a gray
rainy afternoon"; "gray clouds"; "the sky was leaden and
thick" [syn: gray, grey, leaden]
v 1: make dull in appearance; "Age had dulled the surface"
2: become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or
brightness; "the varnished table top dulled with time"
3: deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping [syn: muffle,
mute, damp, dampen, tone down]
4: make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses"
[syn: numb, benumb, blunt]
5: make dull or blunt; "Too much cutting dulls the knife's
edge" [syn: blunt] [ant: sharpen]
6: become less interesting or attractive [syn: pall]
7: make less lively or vigorous; "Middle age dulled her
appetite for travel"