Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a dull manner; stupidly; sluggishly; without life or spirit; dimly; bluntly.
  • Somewhat dull.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a dull manner; stupidly; slowly; sluggishly; without life or spirit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a dull manner; without liveliness; without lustre.

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

  • adverb without liveliness
  • adverb without luster or shine

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Examples

  • We walked past a hodgepodge of club debris — heavy dishes stacked on a bar that receded into darkness, stuffed moose heads gazing dully from a reading-room floor — and climbed rickety stairs to the fifth floor.

    The Last Squash Tennis Player

  • We walked past a hodgepodge of club debris — heavy dishes stacked on a bar that receded into darkness, stuffed moose heads gazing dully from a reading-room floor — and climbed rickety stairs to the fifth floor.

    The Last Squash Tennis Player

  • He repeated the word dully, staring almost stupidly at the speaker.

    A Terrible Secret

  • “Cathy Summers,” said Cathy, and I registered the last name dully in my head, crossing my arms and pressing my lips together as hard as I could.

    Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

  • “Cathy Summers,” said Cathy, and I registered the last name dully in my head, crossing my arms and pressing my lips together as hard as I could.

    Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

  • "I realize that," dully; "but it's not your fault, -- not any one's fault in particular that I can see."

    The Dominant Dollar

  • Well then your unfounded opinion is "dully" noted ... and dismissed.

    Inside Higher Ed

  • “About two weeks,” he answered dully, and I knew then that he had already realized what was just beginning to dawn on me.

    Haven

  • “About two weeks,” he answered dully, and I knew then that he had already realized what was just beginning to dawn on me.

    Haven

  • However, quite a few webcasters waste that opportunity by dully reading a script.

    Superhero Nation: how to write superhero novels and comic books » 2009 » August

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