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From dull +‎ -ness.


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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 or irksome.
  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.
    • c. 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I scene ii[1]:
      Prospero: [] Thou art inclin'd to sleep. 'Tis a good dulness, / And give it way— I know thou canst not choose.