Translation of dull in Spanish:

dull

Pronunciation: /dʌl/

adjective/adjetivo

  • 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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Did you know that the primary meaning of almuerzo is lunch? It is used only in this sense in most of Latin America. In Spain and Mexico, where comida is the usual word for lunch, almuerzo can also be a mid-morning snack.