Dull, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Duller (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Dulling.] 1. To deprive of sharpness of
edge or point. "This . . . dulled their swords."
Borrowing dulls the edge of
2. To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to
stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the
Those [drugs] she has
Will stupefy and dull the sense a while.
Use and custom have so dulled our
3. To render dim or obscure; to sully; to
tarnish. "Dulls the mirror." Bacon.
4. To deprive of liveliness or activity; to
render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to
Attention of mind . . . wasted or dulled
through continuance. Hooker.
Dull, v. i. To become dull or
stupid. Rom. of R.
Dull (?), a. [Compar.
Duller (?); superl. Dullest.] [AS.
dol foolish; akin to gedwelan to err, D. dol
mad, dwalen to wander, err, G. toll mad, Goth.
dwals foolish, stupid, cf. Gr. ? turbid, troubled, Skr.
dhvr to cause to fall. Cf. Dolt, Dwale,
Dwell, Fraud.] 1. Slow of
understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish;
blockish. "Dull at classical learning."
She is not bred so dull but she can
2. Slow in action; sluggish; unready;
This people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are
dull of hearing. Matt. xiii. 15.
O, help my weak wit and sharpen my dull
3. Insensible; unfeeling.
Think me not Beau. & Fl.
So dull a devil to forget the loss
Of such a matchless wife.
4. Not keen in edge or point; lacking
sharpness; blunt. "Thy scythe is dull."
5. Not bright or clear to the eye; wanting in
liveliness of color or luster; not vivid; obscure; dim; as, a
dull fire or lamp; a dull red or yellow; a dull
6. Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible;
spiritless; lifeless; inert. "The dull earth."
As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn,
so changes of study a dull brain.
7. Furnishing little delight, spirit, or
variety; uninteresting; tedious; cheerless; gloomy; melancholy;
depressing; as, a dull story or sermon; a dull
occupation or period; hence, cloudy; overcast; as, a dull
Along life's dullest, dreariest
Syn. -- Lifeless; inanimate; dead; stupid; doltish; heavy;
sluggish; sleepy; drowsy; gross; cheerless; tedious; irksome; dismal;
dreary; clouded; tarnished; obtuse. See Lifeless.