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Dull, adj. 1) unfeeling, insensible: “blushed and pouted in a d. disdain,” Ven. 33. “looks on the d. earth with disturbed mind,” Ven. 340. “lent a fire even to the --est peasant,” H4B I, 1, 113. “sleep in d. cold marble,” H8 III, 2, 434. “the woods are ruthless, dreadful, deaf and d.” Tit. II, 1, 128. “nature, as it grows again toward earth, is fashioned for the journey, d. and heavy,” Tim. II, 2, 228. Used of the operation of the senses and denoting either, actively, bad perceptivity, or, passively, bad perceptibility: my d. deaf ears (have) “a little use to hear,” Err. V, 316. “a savour that may strike the --est nostril,” Wint. I, 2, 421. “my sight is very d.” Tit. II, 3, 195. “this is a d. sight; are you not Kent?” Lr. V, 3, 282.* picked out the --est scent, Shr. Ind. I, 24. “d. of tongue and dwarfish,” Ant. III, 3, 19 (i. e. of a low soundless voice).
2) spiritless, lifeless, faint: “well-painted idol, image d. and dead,” Ven. 212. “their courage with hard labour tame and d.” H4A IV, 3, 23. “so faint, so spiritless, so d., so dead in look,” H4B I, 1, 71. “in their pale d. mouths the gimmal bit lies foul with chewed grass,” H5 IV, 2, 49. “when the blood is made d. with the act of sport,” Oth. II, 1, 230. Hence == weary, sleepy: “from forth d. sleep by dreadful fancy waking,” Lucr. 450. “while she was in her d. and sleeping hour,” Mids. III, 2, 8. “vexing the d. ear of a drowsy man,” John III, 4, 109. O thou d. God (viz Sleep) H4B III, 1, 15. “unless some d. and favourable hand will whisper music to my weary spirit,” IV, 5, 2 (disposing to sleep with a drowsy music). “the night's d. ear,” H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. “my spirits grow d., and fain I would beguile the tedious day with sleep,” Hml. III, 2, 236. “at this oddeven and d. watch o' the night,” Oth. I, 1, 124. “O sleep, lie d. upon her,” Cymb. II, 2, 31. Per. V, 1, 163. cf. Tit. II, 3, 195 and Tit. II, 3, 195
3) slow, heavy, indolent, inert: “if the d. substance of my flesh were thought,” Sonn. 44, 1; cf. “he is only an animal, only sensible in the --er parts,” LLL IV, 2, 28. “the slow offence of my d. bearer when from thee I speed,” Sonn. 51, 2. “no d. flesh, in his fiery race,” Sonn. 51, 2 “is not lead a metal heavy, d. and slow?” LLL III, 60. “d. lead,” Merch. II, 7, 8. “like d. and heavy lead,” H4B I, 1, 118. “the d. elements of earth and water,” H5 III, 7, 23. “turn back, d. earth, and find thy centre out,” Rom. II, 1, 2 (cf. Tim. II, 2, 228). “speed more than speed but d. and slow she deems,” Lucr. 1336. “a d. fighter,” H4A IV, 2, 86. “give way, d. clouds, to my quick curses,” R3 I, 3, 196. “leaden servitor to d. delay,” IV, 3, 52. “I cannot bound a pitch above d. woe,” Rom. I, 4, 21. “you are d., Casca,” Caes. I, 3, 57. “--er shouldst thou be than the fat weed,” Hml. I, 5, 32. “a d. and muddy-mettled rascal,” II, 2, 594. “spur my d. revenge,” IV, 4, 33.
4) tedious, irksome: “debate where leisure serves with d. debaters,” Lucr. 1019. “she excels each mortal thing upon the d. earth dwelling,” Gentl. IV, 2, 52 (cf. d. earth in Ven. 340. Rom. II, 1, 2 and Tim. II, 2, 228, and cf. Sullen). “are my discourses d.?” Err. II, 1, 91. “that I was --er than a great thaw,” Ado II, 1, 251. “in this d. and long-continued truce,” Troil. I, 3, 262. “within a d., stale, tired bed,” Lr. I, 2, 13. “shall I abide in this d. world?” Ant. IV, 15, 61. “the sober eye of d. Octavia,” V, 2, 55.
5) a wkward, stupid: he (Death) “insults o'er d. and speechless tribes,” Sonn. 107, 12. “d. thing, I say so,” Tp. I, 2, 285. “this d. fool,” V, 297. Gentl. II, 6, 41. Meas. IV, 4, 24. Ado II, 1, 143. Merch. III, 2, 164. As I, 2, 56. III, 2, 32. III, 2, 32 All's I, 1, 234. R2 I, 3, 168. H4B IV, 2, 22. H6A V, 5, 15. R3 IV, 2, 17. IV, 4, 444. Troil. I, 3, 381. II, 2, 209. Cor. I, 9, 6. V, 3, 40. Tim. V, 1, 26. Oth. V, 2, 225. Cymb. V, 5, 197.
6) out of tune, gloomy, melancholy: “if they sing, 'tis with so d. a cheer,” Sonn. 97, 13. “when I am d. with care and melancholy,” Err. I, 2, 20. “d. melancholy,” V, 79. “dumps so d. and heavy,” Ado II, 3, 73. “the motions of his spirit are d. as night,” Merch. V, 86. “my d. and heavy eye,” R2 III, 2, 196. “with d. unwillingness to repay a debt,” R3 II, 2, 92. cf. Rom. I, 4, 21. cf. Dull-eyed.
7) not bright, dim, clouded: “the foolish and d. and crudy vapours,” H4B IV, 3, 106. “is not their climate foggy, raw and d.” H5 III, 5, 16. cf. “d. clouds,” R3 I, 3, 196. “sparkles this stone as it was wont? or is't not too d. for your good wearing?” Cymb. II, 4, 41. mark her eye and tell me for what d. part in it you chose her, Wint. V. 1, 64. cf. R2 III, 2, 196. Tit. II, 3, 195. Lr. V, 3, 282.
8) blunt, obtuse: “the murderous knife was d. and blunt,” R3 IV, 4, 226. Double sense: “my words are d.; O quicken them with thine! Thy woes will make them sharp,” R3 IV, 4, 226
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