(comparative more dowf, superlative most dowf)
- Dull; flat; denoting a defect of spirit, animation, or courage; melancholy; gloomy; inactive; listless; lethargic; pithless; vapid; lacking force; frivolous.
- (of a sound) Dull; hollow.
From Old Norse daufr (“deaf”) (whence also Icelandic daufur (“deaf, dull”)), from Proto-Germanic *daubaz (“deaf”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰūbʰ-, *dʰūp- (“to smoke”). Cognate with Old English dēaf (“deaf”). Compare dove ("to slumber"). More at deaf.