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dull / dəl/ • adj. 1. lacking interest or excitement: your diet doesn't have to be dull and boring. ∎ archaic (of a person) feeling bored and dispirited: she said she wouldn't be dull and lonely. 2. lacking brightness, vividness, or sheen: his face glowed in the dull lamplight | his black hair looked dull. ∎  (of the weather) overcast; gloomy: next morning dawned dull. ∎  (of sound) not clear; muffled: a dull thud of hooves. ∎  (of pain) indistinctly felt; not acute: there was a dull pain in his lower jaw. ∎  (of an edge or blade) blunt: a lot more people are cut with dull knives than with sharp ones. 3. (of a person) slow to understand; stupid: the voice of a teacher talking to a rather dull child. ∎ archaic (of a person's senses) not perceiving things distinctly; insensitive. ∎  (of activity) sluggish, slow-moving: gold closed lower in dull trading. • v. make or become dull or less intense: [tr.] time dulls the memory | [intr.] Albert's eyes dulled a little. PHRASES: (as) dull as dishwater extremely dull. dull the edge of cause to be less keenly felt; reduce the intensity or effectiveness of: she'd have to find something to dull the edges of the pain.DERIVATIVES: dull·ish adj. dull·ness (also dul·ness) n. dul·ly adv.

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Paine, Albert Bigelow

Albert Bigelow Paine, 1861–1937, American author, b. New Bedford, Mass. He is best remembered as the author of the authorized biography of Mark Twain (3 vol., 1912) and as the editor of Twain's letters (1917). Among his other works are several children's books, including The Hollow Tree and The Arkansas Bear (both 1898); a novel, The Great White Way (1901); and a biography of Thomas Nast (1904).

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dull

dull not sharp of wit XIII; not brisk XIV; not clear or bright; tedious XV. — MLG., MDu. dul, corr. to OE. dol stupid (:- *dulaz), OS. (Du.) dol. OHG. tol (G. toll).
Hence dull vb. XIV. dullard XV. prob. — MDu. dull-, dollaert.

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dull

dullannul, cull, dull, gull, hull, lull, mull, null, scull, skull, Solihull, trull, Tull •seagull • multihull • monohull •numbskull • Elul

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