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Dull vs. Faint — What's the Difference?

Dull vs. Faint — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Dull and Faint

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Dull

Arousing little interest; lacking liveliness; boring
A dull movie.

Faint

Done with little strength or vigor; feeble
A faint attempt to apologize.

Dull

Not brisk or rapid; sluggish
Business has been dull.

Faint

So weak as to be difficult to perceive; a faint light in the distance; a faint echo.

Dull

Not having a sharp edge or point; blunt
A dull knife.
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Faint

Lacking clarity or distinctness
A faint recollection.

Dull

Not intensely or keenly felt
A dull ache.

Faint

Small in degree or amount; meager
Faint chance of getting a raise.

Dull

Not bright, vivid, or shiny
A dull brown.
A glaze with a dull finish.

Faint

Lacking conviction, boldness, or courage; timid
A tourist who is faint at heart.

Dull

Cloudy or overcast
A dull sky.

Faint

Likely to fall into a faint; dizzy and weak
Felt faint for a moment.

Dull

Not clear or resonant
A dull thud.

Faint

An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness, generally associated with failure of normal blood circulation.

Dull

Intellectually weak or obtuse; stupid.

Faint

To fall into a usually brief state of unconsciousness.

Dull

Lacking responsiveness or alertness; insensitive
Half-asleep and dull to the noises in the next room.

Faint

(Archaic) To weaken in purpose or spirit.

Dull

Dispirited; depressed
A dull mood.

Faint

(of a being) Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to lose consciousness
I felt faint after my fifth gin and tonic.

Dull

To make or become dull.

Faint

Lacking courage, spirit, or energy; cowardly; dejected

Dull

Lacking the ability to cut easily; not sharp.
All these knives are dull.

Faint

Barely perceptible; not bright, or loud, or sharp
There was a faint red light in the distance.

Dull

Boring; not exciting or interesting.
He sat through the dull lecture and barely stayed awake.

Faint

Performed, done, or acted, weakly; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy
Faint efforts
Faint resistance

Dull

Not shiny; having a matte finish or no particular luster or brightness.
Choose a dull finish to hide fingerprints.
A dull fire or lamp;
A dull red or yellow;
A dull mirror

Faint

Slight; minimal.

Dull

Not bright or intelligent; stupid; having slow understanding.

Faint

(archaic) Sickly, so as to make a person feel faint.

Dull

Sluggish, listless.

Faint

The act of fainting, syncope.
She suffered another faint.

Dull

Cloudy, overcast.
It's a dull day.

Faint

(rare) The state of one who has fainted; a swoon.

Dull

Insensible; unfeeling.

Faint

(intransitive) To lose consciousness through a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions).

Dull

Heavy; lifeless; inert.

Faint

(intransitive) To lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.

Dull

(of pain etc) Not intense; felt indistinctly or only slightly.
Pressing on the bruise produces a dull' pain.

Faint

(intransitive) To decay; to disappear; to vanish.

Dull

Not clear, muffled.

Faint

Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.

Dull

(transitive) To render dull; to remove or blunt an edge or something that was sharp.
Years of misuse have dulled the tools.

Faint

Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed; as, "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady."

Dull

(transitive) To soften, moderate or blunt; to make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy.
He drinks to dull the pain.

Faint

Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.

Dull

(intransitive) To lose a sharp edge; to become dull.
A razor will dull with use.

Faint

Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance.
The faint prosecution of the war.

Dull

To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish.

Faint

To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

Dull

Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish.
She is not bred so dull but she can learn.

Faint

To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before the eye.

Dull

Slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward.
This people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing.
O, help my weak wit and sharpen my dull tongue.

Faint

To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken.
It faints me to think what follows.

Dull

Insensible; unfeeling.
Think me notSo dull a devil to forget the lossOf such a matchless wife.

Faint

A spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain

Dull

Not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt.

Faint

Pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain

Dull

Not bright or clear to the eye; wanting in liveliness of color or luster; not vivid; obscure; dim; as, a dull fire or lamp; a dull red or yellow; a dull mirror.

Faint

Barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc;
A faint outline
The wan sun cast faint shadows
The faint light of a distant candle
Faint colors
A faint hissing sound
A faint aroma

Dull

Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert.
As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so changes of study a dull brain.

Faint

Lacking clarity or distinctness;
A dim figure in the distance
Only a faint recollection
Shadowy figures in the gloom
Saw a vague outline of a building through the fog
A few wispy memories of childhood

Dull

Furnishing little delight, spirit, or variety; uninteresting; tedious; cheerless; gloomy; melancholy; depressing; as, a dull story or sermon; a dull occupation or period; hence, cloudy; overcast; as, a dull day.
Along life's dullest, dreariest walk.

Faint

Lacking strength or vigor;
Damning with faint praise
Faint resistance
Feeble efforts
A feeble voice

Dull

To deprive of sharpness of edge or point.
Borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

Faint

Weak and likely to lose consciousness;
Suddenly felt faint from the pain
Was sick and faint from hunger
Felt light in the head
A swooning fit
Light-headed with wine
Light-headed from lack of sleep

Dull

To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like.
Those [drugs] she hasWill stupefy and dull the sense a while.
Use and custom have so dulled our eyes.

Faint

Indistinctly understood or felt or perceived;
A faint clue to the origin of the mystery
Haven't the faintest idea

Dull

To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish.

Faint

Lacking conviction or boldness or courage;
Faint heart ne'er won fair lady

Dull

To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden.
Attention of mind . . . wasted or dulled through continuance.

Dull

To become dull or stupid.

Dull

Make dull in appearance;
Age had dulled the surface

Dull

Become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness;
The varnished table top dulled with time

Dull

Deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

Dull

Make numb or insensitive;
The shock numbed her senses

Dull

Make dull or blunt;
Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge

Dull

Become less interesting or attractive

Dull

Make less lively or vigorous;
Middle age dulled her appetite for travel

Dull

Lacking in liveliness or animation;
He was so dull at parties
A dull political campaign
A large dull impassive man
Dull days with nothing to do
How dull and dreary the world is
Fell back into one of her dull moods

Dull

Emitting or reflecting very little light;
A dull glow
Dull silver badly in need of a polish
A dull sky

Dull

Being or made softer or less loud or clear;
The dull boom of distant breaking waves
Muffled drums
The muffled noises of the street
Muted trumpets

Dull

So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness;
A boring evening with uninteresting people
The deadening effect of some routine tasks
A dull play
His competent but dull performance
A ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention
What an irksome task the writing of long letters is
Tedious days on the train
The tiresome chirping of a cricket
Other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome

Dull

(of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted;
Dull greens and blues

Dull

Not keenly felt;
A dull throbbing
Dull pain

Dull

Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity;
So dense he never understands anything I say to him
Never met anyone quite so dim
Although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick
Dumb officials make some really dumb decisions
He was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse
Worked with the slow students

Dull

(of business) not active or brisk;
Business is dull (or slow)
A sluggish market

Dull

Not having a sharp edge or point;
The knife was too dull to be of any use

Dull

Blunted in responsiveness or sensibility;
A dull gaze
So exhausted she was dull to what went on about her

Dull

Not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft;
The dull thud
Thudding bullets

Dull

Darkened with overcast;
A dark day
A dull sky
A gray rainy afternoon
Gray clouds
The sky was leaden and thick

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