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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At this all stopped and listened with bated breath, albeit for a time they could hear nothing, their ears being duller than Stutely's.
from which it might be inferred that she would have found the country-side somewhat duller if the Rector's lady had been less free-spoken and less of a skinflint.
Of course, the picture is over-colored; it was the vice of Thackeray, or of Thackeray's time, to surcharge all imitations of life and character, so that a generation apparently much slower, if not duller than ours, should not possibly miss the artist's meaning.
A duller and duller look was palpably stealing over his eyes.
A duller man never stepped, and yet within the week you have said three things which might pass, and one thing the day we left Fordingbridge which I should not have been ashamed of myself.
The dull ache in his stomach had been growing duller and fainter.
It was remembered, at an after-period, that a duller wedding-party had never been assembled together.
Fourthly, a swallow, which though differing from the Progne purpurea of both Americas, only in being rather duller colored, smaller, and slenderer, is considered by Mr.
In the outcome they largely reshaped the heavy mass of Anglo-Saxon life into forms of grace and beauty and brightened its duller surface with varied and brilliant colors.
for the duller eye may often see a thing sooner than the keener.
And this will now plainly appear, if, instead of serious and comic, we supply the words duller and dullest; for the comic was certainly duller than anything before shown on the stage, and could be set off only by that superlative degree of dulness which composed the serious.
The Sunday evening was, if possible, duller even than the Saturday evening.