dull as dishwater

(redirected from dull as ditch water)

*dull as dishwater

 and *dull as ditch water
very uninteresting. (*Also: as ~.) I'm not surprised that he can't find a partner. He's as dull as dishwater. Mr. Black's speech was as dull as dishwater.
See also: dishwater, dull

dull as dishwater

Boring, tedious, as in That lecture was dull as dishwater. The original simile, dull as ditchwater, dating from the 1700s, alluded to the muddy water in roadside ditches. In the first half of the 1900s, perhaps through mispronunciation, it became dishwater, that is, the dingy, grayish water in which dirty dishes had soaked.
See also: dishwater, dull

dull as dishwater

verb
See also: dishwater, dull
References in classic literature ?
He'd be sharper than a serpent's tooth, if he wasn't as dull as ditch water.
After all, we had a string of Champions League finals that ended 1-0 and were dull as ditch water.
And while Davina was beside herself with excitement over the introduction of golden oldie ticket winner Suzie Verruca (or whatever her name is) the ancient newcomer seems dull as ditch water.
The Vagina Monologues is regarded as sharp and witty by fans,and dull as ditch water by some critics.