Synonyms for dull


1. dull, change, alter, modify
usage: make dull in appearance; "Age had dulled the surface"
2. dull, change
usage: become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness; "the varnished table top dulled with time"
3. muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone down, soften
usage: deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
4. numb, benumb, blunt, dull, desensitize, desensitise
usage: make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses"
5. dull, blunt, change, alter, modify
usage: make dull or blunt; "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
6. pall, dull, change
usage: become less interesting or attractive
7. dull, weaken
usage: make less lively or vigorous; "Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"


1. dull (vs. lively), arid, desiccate, desiccated, bovine, drab, dreary, heavy, leaden, humdrum, monotonous, lackluster, lacklustre, lusterless, lustreless, colorless#1, colourless, spiritless, unanimated
usage: 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"
2. dull (vs. bright), flat, mat, matt, matte, matted, lackluster, lacklustre, lusterless, lustreless, soft, subdued, unpolished
usage: emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"
3. dull, muffled, muted, softened, soft (vs. loud)
usage: 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"
4. boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, uninteresting (vs. interesting)
usage: 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"
5. dull, unsaturated (vs. saturated)
usage: (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; "dull greens and blues"
6. dull (vs. sharp), deadened
usage: not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"
7. dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow, stupid (vs. smart)
usage: 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"
8. dull, slow, sluggish, inactive (vs. active)
usage: (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"
9. dull (vs. sharp), blunt, blunted, dulled, edgeless, unsharpened
usage: not having a sharp edge or point; "the knife was too dull to be of any use"
10. dull, insensitive (vs. sensitive)
usage: blunted in responsiveness or sensibility; "a dull gaze"; "so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her"- Willa Cather
11. dull, thudding, unreverberant (vs. reverberant), nonresonant
usage: not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft; "the dull thud"; "thudding bullets"
12. dull, leaden, cloudy (vs. clear)
usage: darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "the sky was leaden and thick"
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