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Synonyms of dull in English:


  • 1 he is the author of several dull novels
    uninteresting, boring, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, dry, dry as dust, flat, bland, characterless, featureless, colourless, monotonous, unexciting, uninspiring, unstimulating, lacking variety, lacking variation, lacking excitement, lacking interest, unimaginative, uneventful, lifeless, soulless, insipid;
    unoriginal, derivative, commonplace, prosaic, run-of-the-mill, humdrum, unremarkable, banal, lame, plodding, ponderous, pedestrian
    informal dull as dishwater, deadly, no great shakes, not up to much
    Scottish informal dreich
    North American informal dullsville, ornery
    [Antonyms] interesting
  • 2 it was a miserably dull Saturday morning
    [Antonyms] sunny, bright
  • 3 the window frames were painted in dull colours
    drab, dreary, sombre, dark, subdued, muted, toned down, lacklustre, lustreless, colourless, faded, washed out, muddy, watery, pale
    literary subfusc
    [Antonyms] bright
  • 4 he heard a dull sound outside his door
    [Antonyms] loud, resonant
  • 5 the edge of the chisel soon became dull
    blunt, blunted, not sharp, unkeen, unsharpened, dulled, edgeless, worn down
    [Antonyms] sharp
  • 6 an otherwise dull stock market was enlivened by merger plans
    slack, sluggish, flat, slow, slow-moving, quiet, inactive, static, stagnant, depressed
    [Antonyms] brisk
  • 7 the teacher was talking slowly to a rather dull child
    [Antonyms] clever
  • 8 her cold made her feel dull
    informal dozy, dopey, yawny
    North American informal logy
    Medicine  asthenic, neurasthenic
    archaic lymphatic
    [Antonyms] lively
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  • 1 the pain was temporarily dulled by drugs
    [Antonyms] intensify
  • 2 sleep had dulled her mind
    numb, benumb, deaden, desensitize, render insensitive, stupefy, daze, stun;
    drug, sedate, tranquillize, narcotize
    rare torpefy, obtund
    [Antonyms] enliven
  • 3 the leaves are dulled by powdery mildew
    [Antonyms] enhance, brighten
  • 4 the rain came in flurries, dulling the sky
    darken, blacken, dim, blur, veil, obscure, shadow, fog
    literary bedim
    [Antonyms] brighten
  • 5 the sombre atmosphere of that place dulled her spirit
    dampen, put a damper on, cast a pall over, cast down, lower, depress, crush, shake, sap, suppress, extinguish, smother, stifle
    [Antonyms] raise
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