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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This house is dark and dull and drear No light doth shine from far or near Nor ever could.
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.
I would go out into the streets to fight with my delusion, and prowling women would mew after me; furtive, craving men glance jealously at me; weary, pale workers go coughing by me with tired eyes and eager paces, like wounded deer dripping blood; old people, bent and dull, pass murmuring to themselves; and, all unheeding, a ragged tail of gibing children.
When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be damped.
I am a simple, dull fellow who writes down whatsoever first comes into his head--Your friend,
As if the towers had thrown aside, In slightly sinking, the dull tide - As if their tops had feebly given A void within the filmy Heaven.
There was once a very old man, whose eyes had become dim, his ears dull of hearing, his knees trembled, and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon, and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth.
They want to get away from each other when there is only such a very slight bond as that between them; and one day, I suppose, the pain and the dull monotony of it all had stood before her eyes plainer than usual, and the mocking spectre had frightened her.
Before he had reached the embankments that were being thrown up, he saw, in the light of the dull autumn evening, mounted men coming toward him.