Synonyms for (verb) dull

Synonyms: dull

Definition: make less lively or vigorous

Usage: Middle age dulled her appetite for travel

Similar words: weaken

Definition: become weaker

Usage: The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days


Synonyms: dull

Definition: become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness

Usage: the varnished table top dulled with time

Similar words: change

Definition: undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

Usage: She changed completely as she grew older; The weather changed last night


Synonyms: dull, pall

Definition: become less interesting or attractive

Similar words: change

Definition: undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

Usage: She changed completely as she grew older; The weather changed last night


Synonyms: dull

Definition: make dull in appearance

Usage: Age had dulled the surface

Similar words: alter, change, modify

Definition: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

Usage: The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city; The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue


Synonyms: dull, blunt

Definition: make dull or blunt

Usage: Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge

Similar words: alter, change, modify

Definition: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

Usage: The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city; The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue


Synonyms: dull, blunt, benumb, numb

Definition: make numb or insensitive

Usage: The shock numbed her senses

Similar words: desensitise, desensitize

Definition: cause not to be sensitive

Usage: The war desensitized many soldiers; The photographic plate was desensitized


Synonyms: tone down, dull, damp, dampen, muffle, mute

Definition: deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

Similar words: soften

Definition: make (images or sounds) soft or softer

Synonyms for (adjective) dull

Synonyms: dull, slow, sluggish

Definition: (of business) not active or brisk

Usage: business is dull (or slow); a sluggish market

Similar words: inactive

Definition: lacking activity; lying idle or unused

Usage: an inactive mine; inactive accounts; inactive machinery


Synonyms: dull

Definition: emitting or reflecting very little light

Usage: a dull glow; dull silver badly in need of a polish; a dull sky

Similar words: flat, matt, matte, matted, mat

Definition: not reflecting light; not glossy

Usage: flat wall paint; a photograph with a matte finish


Similar words: lusterless, lustreless, lackluster, lacklustre

Definition: lacking luster or shine

Usage: staring with lackluster eyes; lusterless hair


Similar words: soft, subdued

Definition: not brilliant or glaring

Usage: the moon cast soft shadows; soft pastel colors; subdued lighting


Synonyms: dull

Definition: (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted

Usage: dull greens and blues

Similar words: unsaturated

Definition: (of color) not chromatically pure; diluted

Usage: an unsaturated red


Synonyms: dim, dense, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow

Definition: slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

Usage: so dense he never understands anything I say to him; never met anyone quite so dim; although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick- Thackeray; dumb officials make some really dumb decisions; he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse; worked with the slow students

Similar words: stupid

Definition: lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity


Synonyms: dull, leaden

Definition: darkened with overcast

Usage: a dark day; a dull sky; the sky was leaden and thick

Similar words: cloudy

Definition: full of or covered with clouds

Usage: cloudy skies


Synonyms: dull

Definition: not having a sharp edge or point

Usage: the knife was too dull to be of any use

Similar words: blunt

Definition: used of a knife or other blade; not sharp

Usage: a blunt instrument


Similar words: blunted, dulled

Definition: made dull or blunt


Similar words: edgeless

Definition: lacking a cutting edge


Similar words: unsharpened

Definition: not sharpened


Synonyms: dull

Definition: not keenly felt

Usage: a dull throbbing; dull pain

Similar words: deadened

Definition: made or become less intense

Usage: the deadened pangs of hunger


Synonyms: dull

Definition: lacking in liveliness or animation

Usage: he was so dull at parties; a dull political campaign; a large dull impassive man; dull days with nothing to do; how dull and dreary the world is; fell back into one of her dull moods

Similar words: desiccate, desiccated, arid

Definition: lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless

Usage: a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata; a desiccate romance; a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery-C.J.Rolo


Similar words: bovine

Definition: dull and slow-moving and stolid; like an ox

Usage: showed a bovine apathy


Similar words: drab, dreary

Definition: lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise

Usage: her drab personality; life was drab compared with the more exciting life style overseas; a series of dreary dinner parties


Similar words: leaden, heavy

Definition: lacking lightness or liveliness

Usage: heavy humor; a leaden conversation


Similar words: humdrum, monotonous

Definition: tediously repetitious or lacking in variety

Usage: a humdrum existence; all work and no play; nothing is so monotonous as the sea


Similar words: lackluster, lacklustre, lusterless, lustreless

Definition: lacking brilliance or vitality

Usage: a dull lackluster life; a lusterless performance


Synonyms: tiresome, tedious, irksome, boring, ho-hum, slow, dull, deadening, wearisome

Definition: so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness

Usage: a boring evening with uninteresting people; the deadening effect of some routine tasks; a dull play; his competent but dull performance; a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention; what an irksome task the writing of long letters is- Edmund Burke; tedious days on the train; the tiresome chirping of a cricket- Mark Twain; other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome

Similar words: uninteresting

Definition: arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement

Usage: a very uninteresting account of her trip


Synonyms: softened, dull, muffled, muted

Definition: being or made softer or less loud or clear

Usage: the dull boom of distant breaking waves; muffled drums; the muffled noises of the street; muted trumpets

Similar words: soft

Definition: (of sound) relatively low in volume

Usage: soft voices; soft music


Synonyms: dull, thudding

Definition: not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft

Usage: the dull thud; thudding bullets

Similar words: unreverberant, nonresonant

Definition: not reverberant; lacking a tendency to reverberate


Synonyms: dull

Definition: blunted in responsiveness or sensibility

Usage: a dull gaze; so exhausted she was dull to what went on about her- Willa Cather

Similar words: insensitive

Definition: deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive

Usage: insensitive to the needs of the patients