from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adv. without liveliness
  • adv. without luster or shine


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  • 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.

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

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  • “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.

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

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

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


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

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  • A child shrieked dully from one of the dark houses, and


  • A feminist story of heroic strength has gotten re-written into a sensibility of weakness -- as if to be a feminist is to be a whiner, buffeted passively by circumstance and mean men that we dully condemn and vilify at every chance.

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  • She overbalanced hard into the rim of a fountain with a thump that echoed dully, and then lurched upright again, landing a wild punch on his shoulder.

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