Meaning of “dull” in the English Dictionary

"dull" in British English

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dulladjective

uk /dʌl/ us /dʌl/

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 our holiday was dull (= cloudy).

dull adjective (NOT SHARP)

A dull sound or pain is not sharp or clear:

I heard a dull thud from the kitchen and realized she must have fainted.
The dull rumble of traffic woke her.
She felt a dull ache at the back of her head.

old-fashioned not intelligent

dully
adverb uk /ˈdʌl.li/ us /ˈdʌl.li/

The car lights glowed dully through the mist.
My arm still ached dully.
dullness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈdʌl.nəs/ us /ˈdʌl.nəs/

dullverb [ T ]

uk /dʌl/ 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/

dull adjective [ -er/-est only ] (BORING)

not interesting or exciting; boring:

Many of the courtroom events were dull and routine.
The lecture was dry, dull, and full of statistics.

dull adjective [ -er/-est only ] (NOT BRIGHT)

not clear, bright, or shiny:

The day started off dull and overcast with a threat of showers.

dull adjective [ -er/-est only ] (NOT SHARP)

(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 your reflexes.

(Definition of “dull” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dull" in Business English

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dulladjective

uk /dʌl/ us COMMERCE, FINANCE

used to describe a situation in which business activity is slow:

Trading was dull as investors were sidelined because of a lack of good news.
The earnings outlook is dull.

(Definition of “dull” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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