dull


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dull

1. (of weather) not bright or clear; cloudy
2. (of colour) lacking brilliance or brightness; sombre
3. Med (of sound elicited by percussion, esp of the chest) not resonant
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To say the truth, these soporific parts are so many scenes of serious artfully interwoven, in order to contrast and set off the rest; and this is the true meaning of a late facetious writer, who told the public that whenever he was dull they might be assured there was a design in it.
And after this warning, if he shall be of opinion that he can find enough of serious in other parts of this history, he may pass over these, in which we profess to be laboriously dull, and begin the following books at the second chapter.
Instead of the customary humble and grateful thanks from the non-escorted one there was to be perceived a high- poised head, a prideful dimpling at the corners of a broad mouth, and almost a sparkle in a dull brown eye.
I knew it, Dempsey," she said, as her eyes grew dull even in their tears.
I've only got the news in this letter, which you stigmatize as dull and stupid, and won't let me read.
was seen even on Prince Bagration's hard brown face with its half-closed, dull, sleepy eyes.
Prince Bagration turned to the officer and with his dull eyes looked at him in silence.
Can't you dream in your straw at home, dull dog as you are, that you need come here to do it?
Here are seven of you, besides myself, (who, she is pleased to say, am very entertaining already,) and she only demands from each of you either one thing very clever, be it prose or verse, original or repeatedor two things moderately clever or three things very dull indeed, and she engages to laugh heartily at them all.
When he saw that all were in their places, he cast a dull look over his prisoners, and addressed himself to the Captain, as the principal man among the imaginary delinquents.
Why preyest thou thus upon the poet's heart, Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?
This house is dark and dull and dreer No light doth shine from far or near Its like the tomb.