Synonyms for dully

Grammar : Adv
Spell : duhl
Phonetic Transcription : dʌl

Définition of dully

Origin :
  • c.1200, "stupid;" early 13c., "blunt, not sharp;" rare before mid-14c., apparently from Old English dol "dull-witted, foolish," or an unrecorded parallel word, or from Middle Low German dul "slow-witted," both from Proto-Germanic *dulaz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon dol "foolish," Old High German tol, German toll "mad, wild," Gothic dwals "foolish"), from PIE *dheu- (1) "dust, vapor, smoke" (and related notions of "defective perception or wits"). Of color from early 15c.; of pain or other sensations from 1725. Sense of "boring" first recorded 1580s.
  • dull. (8) Not exhilarating; not delightful; as to make dictionaries is dull work. [Johnson]
  • Dullsville, slang for "town where nothing happens," attested from 1960.
  • adv stupidly
Example sentences :
  • "I don't know why you come around bothering me," she said dully.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "I paid it to Squire Hall to-day and he has it fer ye," said Hiram, dully.
  • Extract from : « Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates » by Howard Pyle
  • They advanced to the topic again and again, dully, but with exaltation.
  • Extract from : « Howards End » by E. M. Forster
  • The captain looked at him dully; then, understanding, a cackle came from his throat.
  • Extract from : « Under Arctic Ice » by H.G. Winter
  • As he had crossed the threshold, Beatrix had raised her head and looked at him dully.
  • Extract from : « The Dominant Strain » by Anna Chapin Ray
  • Dully he watched her move across the room to a door which led into a corridor.
  • Extract from : « The Princess Virginia » by C. N. Williamson
  • “That makes it different,” he said dully, as if to 234 himself.
  • Extract from : « The Coyote » by James Roberts
  • "I cannot allow Professor Burr to do anything for me," he said dully.
  • Extract from : « Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 » by Various
  • "They all, it seems, have confidence in me," thought Razumov dully.
  • Extract from : « Under Western Eyes » by Joseph Conrad
  • "We've been in every flat but yours," Larry Donovan told him dully.
  • Extract from : « Mary Rose of Mifflin » by Frances R. Sterrett

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