Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dull”

See all translations

dull

adjective uk   /dʌl/ us  

dull adjective (BORING)

B1 not interesting or exciting in any way: She wrote dull, respectable articles for the local newspaper. He's pleasant enough, but deadly dull.
Synonym
More examples

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

dull

verb [T] uk   /dʌl/ us  
to make something less severe: Homeless children sniff glue to dull their hunger pains.
(Definition of dull from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of dull?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “dull” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hyphen

the symbol -, used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More