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dull (all the foll. are freq.; 5 not pre-S.)
1. not quick or sharp, obtuse, stupid Tp. V. i. 297 “this fool,” R3 IV. iv. 446 “, unmindful villain.”
2. wanting sensibility or acuteness in the bodily faculties, physically insensible Shr. Ind. i. 24 “the d-est scent,” Wint. I. ii. 421 “the d-est nostril,” H8 III. ii. 434 “ cold marble,” Ant. III. iii. 16 “ of tongue.”
3. slow, inert, inactive, heavy, drowsy Mer.V. II. vii. 8 “ lead,” John III. iv. 109 “the ear of a drowsy man,” 1H4 IV. ii. 87 “a fighter,” Ham. IV. iv. 33 “spur my dull revenge” ; soft, soothing 2H4 IV. v. 2.
4. gloomy, melancholy Ado II. iii. 75 “dumps so dull and heavy,” Sonn. xcvii. 13 “so dull a cheer.”
5. tedious, irksome, uninteresting Err. II. i. 91 “Are my discourses ?,” Ant. IV. xiii. [xv.] 61 “this world,” Lucr. 1019 “dull debaters.”
6. not sharp, blunt R3 IV. iv. 227.
7. not bright, obscure, dim, gloomy, overcast 2H4 IV. iii. 106 “ and crudy vapours,” H5 III. v. 16 “their climate foggy, raw, and ,” Cym. II. iv. 41 “is't not Too dull for your good wearing?”
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