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Meaning of “dull” in the English Dictionary

"dull" in British English

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dulladjective

uk   us   /dʌl/
  • dull adjective (BORING)

B1 not ​interesting or ​exciting in any way: She ​wrote dull, ​respectablearticles for the ​localnewspaper. He's ​pleasant enough, but deadly dull.
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  • dull adjective (NOT BRIGHT)

C1 not ​clear, ​bright, or ​shiny: We could just ​see a dull glow given off by the fire's last ​embers.UK The first ​day of ​ourholiday was dull (= ​cloudy).
dully
adverb uk   us   /ˈdʌl.li/
The ​carlightsglowed dully through the ​mist. My ​arm still ​ached dully.
dullness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈdʌl.nəs/

dullverb [T]

uk   us   /dʌl/
(Definition of dull from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dull" in American English

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dulladjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /dʌl/
not ​interesting or ​exciting; ​boring: Many of the ​courtroomevents were dull and ​routine. The ​lecture was ​dry, dull, and ​full of ​statistics.
not ​clear, ​bright, or ​shiny: The ​daystarted off dull and ​overcast with a ​threat of ​showers.
(esp. of ​sound or ​pain) not ​sharp or ​clear: a dull ​knife I ​heard a dull ​thud from the ​kitchen. She ​felt a dull ​ache at the back of her ​head.

dullverb [T]

 us   /dʌl/
to make something less ​sharp or ​clear: Lack of ​sleep will dull ​yourreflexes.
(Definition of dull from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dull" in Business English

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dulladjective

uk   us   /dʌl/ COMMERCE, FINANCE
used to describe a ​situation in which ​businessactivity is ​slow: Trading was dull as ​investors were ​sidelined because of a ​lack of good ​news. The ​earningsoutlook is dull.
(Definition of dull from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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