Synonyms of dull
1 boringDictionary • They can both be rather dull.
boring • boring television programmes
tedious • the tedious business of line-by-line programming
dreary • They live such dreary lives.
flat • The past few days have been flat and empty.
dry • The work was very dry and dull
commonplace • Foreign vacations have become commonplace nowadays.
tiresome • the tiresome old lady next door
monotonous • It's monotonous work, like most factory jobs.
prosaic • the aimless monotony of our prosaic everyday life
humdrum • trapped in a humdrum but well-paid job
unimaginative • Film critics called it a monumentally unimaginative movie.
uninteresting • Why did he choose these pale, nerveless, uninteresting people?
vapid • the minister's young and rather vapid wife
as dry as dust
2 lifelessDictionary • We all feel dull and sleepy between 1 and 3pm.
lifeless • His novels are shallow and lifeless.
dead • He watched the procedure with cold, dead eyes.
heavy • I struggle to raise eyelids still heavy with sleep.
slow • Island life is too slow for her liking.
indifferent • People have become indifferent to the suffering of others.
sluggish • feeling sluggish and lethargic after a big meal
insensitive • My husband is very insensitive about my problem.
apathetic • Many people feel apathetic about the candidates in both parties.
listless • He was listless and pale and wouldn't eat.
passionless • a self-centred and passionless woman
, full of beans (informal)
3 drabDictionary • The stamp was a dull blue colour.
drab • his drab little office
faded • a girl in a faded dress
muted • He likes sober muted colours.
murky • Their plane crashed in murky weather.
sombre • a worried official in sombre black
4 cloudyDictionary • It's always dull and raining.
cloudy • It was a cloudy, windy day.
dim • a dim February day
gloomy • Inside it's gloomy after all that sunshine.
dismal • The main part of the hospital is pretty dismal.
overcast • It was a cold, wintry, overcast afternoon.
leaden • the leaden boredom of the Victorian marriage
5 mutedDictionary • The coffin was closed with a dull thud.
faint • He became aware of the soft, faint sounds of water dripping.
subdued • The conversation around them was resumed, but in subdued tones.
muffled • She heard a muffled cough behind her.
indistinct • the indistinct murmur of voices
stupid • I'm not stupid, you know.
simple • He's no fool, though perhaps a bit simple in some ways.
slow • He got hit in the head and he's been a bit slow since.
thick • How could she have been so thick?
dense • He's not a bad man, just a bit dense.
dumb (informal) • I came up with this dumb idea.
daft • I wasn't so daft as to believe him.
crass • They have behaved with crass insensitivity.
simple-minded • She was a simple-minded romantic.
dozy (British, informal) • He called me a dozy cow.
witless • clueless, witless and one-dimensional pop stars
stolid • the stolid faces of the two detectives
dopey (informal) • I was so dopey I believed him.
moronic • It was wanton, moronic vandalism.
obtuse • I think you're being deliberately obtuse.
brainless • I got treated as if I was a bit brainless.
unintelligent • He was abusive of Hemingway as an unintelligent philistine.
slow on the uptake (informal)
dead from the neck up
dim-witted (informal) • He plays a dimwitted Irish priest in the TV series.
thick as mince (Scottish, informal)
1 relieveDictionary • They gave him morphine to dull the pain.
relieve • Drugs can relieve much of the pain.
blunt • Our appetite was blunted by the beer.
moderate • They are hoping that he will be persuaded to moderate his views.
soften • He could not think how to soften the blow of what he had to tell her.
alleviate • A great deal can be done to alleviate back pain.
allay • He did what he could to allay his wife's fears.
mitigate • ways of mitigating the effects of an explosion
assuage • She was trying to assuage her guilt.
take the edge off
palliate • Certain drugs can palliate the main symptoms.
2 cloud overDictionary • Her eyes dulled and she gazed blankly.
3 dampenDictionary • Her illness failed to dull her optimism.
dampen • Nothing seemed to dampen his enthusiasm.
reduce • Consumption is being reduced by 25 per cent.
depress • The state of the country depresses me.
discourage • Don't let this setback discourage you.
stifle • Critics have accused them of trying to stifle debate.
lessen • Keep immunisations up to date to lessen the risk of serious illness.
sadden • The cruelty in the world saddens me incredibly.
dishearten • These conditions dishearten people and undermine their hope.
cloud • The sky clouded and a light rain began to fall.
fade • Even a soft light fades the carpets in a room.
stain • It was too late. Their reputation had been stained.
obscure • the jargon that frequently obscures legal documents
dim • Dim the overhead lights.
darken • A storm darkened the sky.
tarnish • It never rusts or tarnishes.
sully • I felt loath to sully the gleaming brass knocker by handling it.
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allayIf you allay someone's fears or doubts, you stop them feeling afraid or doubtful.
• He did what he could to allay his wife's fears.
alleviateIf you alleviate pain, suffering, or an unpleasant condition, you make it less intense or severe.
• A great deal can be done to alleviate back pain.
apatheticIf you describe someone as apathetic, you are criticizing them because they do not seem to be interested in or enthusiastic about doing anything.
• Many people feel apathetic about the candidates in both parties.
Thesaurus for dull from the Collins English Thesaurus