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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DULLNESS

For all her dullness, it was a signal from Sally that saved Andrew.

Yet, now, in the dullness ran a faint suggestion of something sinister.

I know all about the "dullness" and "monotony" of rural life, bad housing and the rest of it.

His attempts at general conversation broke down into dullness.

Recent Paris and Calcutta retrospect chides his dullness of perception.

His dullness and immobility had increased almost to a stupor.

Greta complained bitterly of her dullness when her friends had left.

The dullness which comes of "all work and no play" may be said to affect the carver at times.

That may quite likely have been due to my own dullness of comprehension.

Ah, monsieur could not conceive to himself the dullness of it.

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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