A dull period for sales.
An example of dull is a book that is so boring you can't get past page ten.
An example of dull is a rusted piece of metal that has not been polished and that no longer has any shine.
An example of dull is a knife that no longer cuts well because it is no longer very sharp.
Dull to grief.
A dull knife.
Years of misuse have dulled the tools.
Half-asleep and dull to the noises in the next room.
A dull mood.
A dull party.
A dull blade.
A dull headache.
A dull thud.
Origin of dull
- Middle English dul Old English dol
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).