EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DULLED
The dulled bronze jangle of cow-bells came soothingly to him.
There was a pathetic pleading in the dulled eyes with which he regarded the Inspector.
Hopelessness had dulled every sense: not even a start at the sound of his voice!
She was so dulled and bewildered that she could no longer cry.
It had been dulled somewhat, but it was still there, and every mention of her name revived it.
Powers of mind that had been dulled were restored to animation and keenness.
A shadow settled on his face; it even touched his eyes, mysteriously, and dulled them.
I thought that all my feelings had been dulled into complete indifference.
She looked at him with that keen humor that had not dulled in eighty years.
The flames seared and stabbed with a pain that reached his dulled brain.
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.