from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being slow to understand things.
  • n. The quality of being uninteresting.
  • n. The lack of visual brilliance.
  • n. bluntness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being dull; slowness; stupidity; heaviness; drowsiness; bluntness; obtuseness; dimness; want of luster; want of vividness, or of brightness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being dull, in any sense of that word.
  • n. Synonyms Baldness, Heaviness, etc. (in style). See frigidity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lack of sensibility
  • n. without sharpness or clearness of edge or point
  • n. a lack of visual brightness
  • n. the quality of being slow to understand
  • n. the quality of lacking interestingness


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  • And that the dullness of death is gay, compared to thy dullness—

    Atlantic City

  • As Eliot notes, though, this dullness is actually a protection that keeps us from being overwhelmed by the power of the true nature of things.

    Rabbi Alan Lurie: The Mystical Experience: A Question of What's Beyond

  • Blade Runner has some substance, maybe even a lot, but it's so buried in dullness it's tough to dig it out.

    SF Tidbits for 6/18/08

  • Rather, the stylistic dullness is disagreeably coarsened and made the more decadent by being a brotherly symptom of, and in fact a technical support for, the assumption (which has only strengthened in the past 150 years) that the aim of poetry is apotheosis, an ecstatic and unmediated self-consumption in the moment of perception and feeling.

    “The Cure of Poetry in an Age of Prose” : Ange Mlinko : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • On the contrary, a slow imagination maketh that defect or fault of the mind which is commonly called dullness, stupidity, and sometimes by other names that signify slowness of motion, or difficulty to be moved.


  • You know the pessimists who write so much about our slowness, what they call our dullness, and sometimes our blunders; they would not be satisfied unless they had the news of a Waterloo with their porridge every morning for breakfast; then their appetites would still leave them hungry for a Trafalgar each day every month.

    Australia's Part in the Scheme of Empire

  • "I think what we call the dullness of things is a disease in ourselves.

    Daniel Deronda

  • Overall, the novel seemed to me to be shallow to the point of dullness, which is a great pity given its potentially dramatic subject matter.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • Subtle mental dullness occurs when the mind that is single-pointedly focused on its object slightly loses the sharpness associated with the tightness of hold of its mindfulness on that object, so that such a mind loses its freshness and becomes slightly stale.

    The Gelug-Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra ��� Session Six

  • Loneliness, all you will, they can bear, for they draw occupation and joy from the depth of their own souls; but that dreariness, which has been called dullness, is an almost tangible presence at moments, and seems to blight the beauty of all things.

    A German Pompadour Being the Extraordinary History of Wilhelmine van Grävenitz, Landhofmeisterin of Wirtemberg


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