dullness

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From dull +‎ -ness.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈdʌl.nəs/
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dullness (usually uncountable, plural dullnesses)

  1. The quality of being slow of understanding things; stupidity.
  2. The quality of being uninteresting; boring; humorless or irksome.
    • 1777, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal, II.ii:
      If to raise malicious smiles at the infirmities or misfortunes of those who have never injured us be the province of wit or Humour, Heaven grant me a double Portion of Dullness
  3. Lack of interest or excitement.
  4. The lack of visual brilliance; want of sheen.
    dullness of autumn
  5. (of an edge) bluntness.
  6. The quality of not perceiving or kenning things distinctly.
    dullness of sight, or of hearing
  7. (archaic) Drowsiness.

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