EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DULL

As they approached it, the dull hue that lay upon it resembled that of the leaden sky.

"Yes," said Dick, staring in front of him and speaking in a dull, even voice.

Andrew, looking from the dull glimmer of his fire to that dead waste, sighed.

It is a curious question why sacred song should so often be dull and commonplace.

The sarcasm was without effect on the dull sensibilities of the officer.

Blackness had descended on them again, except for the dull glow of K.'s old pipe.

Handel may well have felt that Hanover was a dull place as compared with London.

His face changed from its copper color to a dull, waxy yellow.

That is why his face was so smooth and cold, his eyes so dull and his voice so monotonous.

But if there's a secret anywhere, it's only a dull, dusty sort of secret.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "stupid;" early 13c., "blunt, not sharp;" rare before mid-14c., apparently from Old English dol "dull-witted, foolish," or an unrecorded parallel word, or from Middle Low German dul "slow-witted," both from Proto-Germanic *dulaz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon dol "foolish," Old High German tol, German toll "mad, wild," Gothic dwals "foolish"), from PIE *dheu- (1) "dust, vapor, smoke" (and related notions of "defective perception or wits"). Of color from early 15c.; of pain or other sensations from 1725. Sense of "boring" first recorded 1580s.

Dullsville, slang for "town where nothing happens," attested from 1960.

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