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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Language: Old English
Origin: dol

dull

1 adjective
     
dull1 S3 comparative duller, superlative dullest
1

boring

not interesting or exciting:
Life is never dull when Elizabeth is here.
a dull movie
It sounded pretty dull to me.
The weekly meeting tends to be deadly dull (=very dull).
Last week we had a hurricane. Never a dull moment running a hotel in the Caribbean (=it's always interesting or exciting).
2

colour/light

CC not bright or shiny:
The bird is dull brown and gray in colour.
Her eyes were dull with dark shadows beneath them.
the dull afternoon light
3

weather

DN not bright and with lots of clouds:
Outside the weather was hazy and dull.
a dull sky
4

pain

MI a dull pain is not severe but does not stop [≠ sharp]:
a dull ache in her lower back
The pain was dull but persistent.
5

sound

C not clear or loud:
The gates shut with a dull thud.
6

knife/blade

not sharp [= blunt]
7

not intelligent

old-fashioned not able to think quickly or understand things easily [= stupid]:
If you don't understand then you're duller than I thought.
8

trade

BFS if business on the Stock Exchange is dull, few people are buying and selling
dully adverb:
'Well Michael?' he said dully.
Her stomach ached dully.
dullness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: boring WORD FOCUS: boring
similar words: not very interesting, dull, dreary, drab

very boring: tedious, mind-numbing, soul-destroying


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