Synonyms of dull in English:

dull


See definition of dull

adjective

1‘he is the author of several dull novels’

SYNONYMS

uninteresting, boring, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, dry, dry as dust, flat, bland, characterless, featureless, colourless, monotonous, unexciting, uninspiring, unstimulating, lacking variety, lacking variation, lacking excitement, lacking interest, unimaginative, uneventful, lifeless, soulless, insipid

unoriginal, derivative, commonplace, prosaic, run-of-the-mill, humdrum, unremarkable, banal, lame, plodding, ponderous, pedestrian

informal dull as dishwater, deadly, no great shakes, not up to much

Scottish informal dreich

North American informal dullsville, ornery

ANTONYMS

interesting

2‘it was a miserably dull Saturday morning’

SYNONYMS

overcast, cloudy, gloomy, dark, dim, dismal, dreary, bleak, sombre, grey, leaden, murky, sunless, louring

literary subfusc

ANTONYMS

sunny, bright

3‘the window frames were painted in dull colours’

SYNONYMS

drab, dreary, sombre, dark, subdued, muted, toned down, lacklustre, lustreless, colourless, faded, washed out, muddy, watery, pale

literary subfusc

ANTONYMS

bright

4‘he heard a dull sound outside his door’

SYNONYMS

muffled, muted, quiet, soft, softened, faint, indistinct

stifled, smothered, suppressed

ANTONYMS

loud, resonant

5‘the edge of the chisel soon became dull’

SYNONYMS

blunt, blunted, not sharp, unkeen, unsharpened, dulled, edgeless, worn down

ANTONYMS

sharp

6‘an otherwise dull stock market was enlivened by merger plans’

SYNONYMS

slack, sluggish, flat, slow, slow-moving, quiet, inactive, static, stagnant, depressed

ANTONYMS

brisk

7‘the teacher was talking slowly to a rather dull child’

SYNONYMS

unintelligent, stupid, slow, dull-witted, slow-witted, witless, doltish, dunce-like, stolid, vacuous, empty-headed, brainless, mindless, foolish, half-witted, idiotic, moronic, imbecilic, cretinous, obtuse

informal dense, dim, dim-witted, thick, thick as two short planks, dumb, dopey, dozy, lamebrained, pig-ignorant, bovine, slow on the uptake, soft in the head, brain-dead, boneheaded, chuckleheaded, dunderheaded, wooden-headed, fat-headed, muttonheaded

British informal daft, not the full shilling

North American vulgar slang dumb-ass

ANTONYMS

clever

8‘her cold made her feel dull’

SYNONYMS

sluggish, lethargic, enervated, unenergetic, listless, languid, torpid, inactive, inert, slow, slow-moving, sleepy, somnolent, drowsy, weary, tired, fatigued, heavy, apathetic

informal dozy, dopey, yawny

North American informal logy

asthenic, neurasthenic

archaic lymphatic

ANTONYMS

lively


verb

1‘the pain was temporarily dulled by drugs’

SYNONYMS

lessen, decrease, diminish, reduce, dampen, depress, take the edge off, blunt, deaden, mute, soften, tone down, allay, ease, soothe, assuage, alleviate, palliate, moderate, mitigate

ANTONYMS

intensify

2‘sleep had dulled her mind’

SYNONYMS

numb, benumb, deaden, desensitize, render insensitive, stupefy, daze, stun

drug, sedate, tranquillize, narcotize

rare torpefy, obtund

ANTONYMS

enliven

3‘the leaves are dulled by powdery mildew’

SYNONYMS

fade, pale, bleach, wash out, decolorize, decolour, dim, etiolate

ANTONYMS

enhance, brighten

4‘the rain came in flurries, dulling the sky’

SYNONYMS

darken, blacken, dim, blur, veil, obscure, shadow, fog

literary bedim

ANTONYMS

brighten

5‘the sombre atmosphere of that place dulled her spirit’

SYNONYMS

dampen, put a damper on, cast a pall over, cast down, lower, depress, crush, shake, sap, suppress, extinguish, smother, stifle

ANTONYMS

raise