Translation of dull in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /dʌl/


  • 1 1.1 (not bright) [color] apagado; [light/glow] pálido; [eyes/complexion] sin brillo 1.2 (not shiny) [finish] mate; [hair] sin brillo
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    • There's a uniform, dull sheen to the advice received by council.
    • It's now hanging over my desk bringing a little brightness into my otherwise dull room.
    • I use a stick to gingerly push aside the stalks and turn over the debris, picking out the dull sheen of a slug here, the progress of a tiny worm there.
    1.3 (overcast) [day/morning] gris, feo it's rather dull out today hoy está bastante nublado
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    • Only when he had not returned in the early evening - he had no coat and was only wearing a thin cotton shirt even though the weather was dull and showery - did concern start to mount.
    • Film-makers also say the dull weather bathes the vehicle in a soft light preferable to the harsh reflections caused by bright sunlight on shiny metal surfaces.
    • It's been mild, too, and I had the kitchen door wide open until the early evening, much to the delight of the cats, who love to mooch in and out when the weather is dull.
  • 2 (boring) [speech] aburrido; [person] aburrido, soso [colloquial/familiar] a deadly dull evening una noche terriblemente aburrida
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    • The next day was as boring, mundane, unexciting, humdrum, dull, tedious, uneventful and monotonous as usual.
    • That would add greater interest to an otherwise dull sport, and would mean a large pool of volunteers willing to sweep up the pitch at the final whistle.
    • It was a rare moment of excitement in an otherwise dull match.
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    • Many parents do not understand Learning Disability and think the children are simply dull.
    • You have to understand, Saffron was not such a dull girl as she's probably worked herself up to be in your cold, critical eyes.
    • It was alleged that slower children were occasionally told to stay away from school on the inspection day and that some dull children were refused admittance to schools altogether.
  • 3 3.1 (of faculties) torpe, lerdo 3.2 (listless) desanimado
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    • It has to be said, this was a horrendously dull process.
    • I never kept a diary when I was growing up but I did receive them as Christmas presents and loved the idea of documenting my daily and dull doings.
    3.3 [Finance] flojo 3.4 (not acute) [pain/ache] sordo
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    • Having said that I know I'm lucky that it only effects a few joints in my fingers and the pain is more a dull ache than a debilitating one.
    • Some women often have tension headaches, which cause squeezing pain or a dull ache on both sides of the head or the back of the neck.
    • After several minutes, the pain subsided to a dull ache in my rib cage.
    3.5 (muffled) [sound] sordo, amortiguado
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    • At first, the sound is just a dull roar, but then after a while you pick out patterns in the ticking, as the metronomes go in and out of phase with each other.
    • What that means for people nearby is that nights are accompanied by the sound of a dull thud, boom-booming its way around the neighbourhood.
    • There was an uncanny lack of sound for an attack until about fifty yards in front of the gate when the warriors took up a battle cry that sounded like a dull roar.
    3.6 (blunt) [edge/blade] romo, embotado
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    • Using the dull edge of the knife blade, scrape the inside of the top shell in short movements going away from you.
    • Using the dull edge of a knife, scrape any remaining innards from the body.
    • Try removing as much of the label or tape as possible with your fingernail or the dull edge of a knife.
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    • If I should accede one day to Heaven, it must be there as it is here, except that I will be rid of my dull senses and my heavy bones.
    • I am not particularly strong, I lack speed, my senses are dull in comparison, my eyesight sucks, my sense of smell and that of hearing are almost negligible.
    • In doing so, mankind has become callous and his senses have become dull to the ultimate pleasure this relationship would offer.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 [surface/metal] perder* brillo 1.2 [memory/senses] embotarse, entorpecerse*

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