Dumb

  • 1 Dumb — Dumb, a. [AS. dumb; akin to D. dom stupid, dumb, Sw. dumb, Goth. dumbs; cf. Gr. ? blind. See {Deaf}, and cf. {Dummy}.] 1. Destitute of the power of speech; unable; to utter articulate sounds; as, the dumb brutes. [1913 Webster] To unloose the… …

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  • 2 dumb´ly — dumb «duhm», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. not able to speak: »dumb animals. Helen Keller learned to speak; she was blind and deaf but not dumb. 2. silenced for the moment by fear, surprise, shyness, or other emotion: »She was struck dumb with… …

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  • 3 dumb — adj 1 Dumb, mute, speechless, inarticulate mean lacking the power to speak. Dumb and mute are often used interchangeably, but when used in distinction from each other, dumb implies an incapacity for speech (as in the case of animals and inanimate …

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  • 4 Dumb — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Dumb» Canción de Nirvana álbum In Utero Publicación 21 de septiembre de 1993 …

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  • 5 dumb — dumb; dumb·found; dumb·found·er; dumb·ly; dumb·ness; dumb·found·ed·ly; …

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  • 6 dumb — 1. Dumb now has such strong connotations of stupidity and low intelligence that its original meaning, ‘not able to speak’, is often regarded as offensive. To be safe, it is better to use neutral terms such as speech impaired. 2. The ailing… …

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  • 7 dumb — dəm adj 1) lacking the human power of speech <dumb animals> 2) of a person often offensive lacking the ability to speak dumb·ly dəm lē adv dumb·ness n …

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  • 8 dumb — (adj.) O.E. dumb silent, unable to speak, from PIE *dheubh confusion, stupefaction, dizziness, from root *dheu (1) dust, mist, vapor, smoke, and related notions of defective perception or wits. The Old English, Old Saxon (dumb), Gothic (dumbs),… …

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  • 9 dumb — ► ADJECTIVE 1) unable to speak; lacking the power of speech. 2) temporarily unable or unwilling to speak. 3) informal, chiefly N. Amer. stupid. 4) (of a computer terminal) having no independent processing capability. ► VERB 1) (dumb down) N …

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  • 10 Dumb — Dumb, v. t. To put to silence. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 11 dumb — [adj1] unable to speak at a loss for words*, inarticulate, incoherent, mousy*, mum, mute, quiet, silent, soundless, speechless, tongue tied, uncommunicative, voiceless, wordless; concept 593 Ant. speaking dumb [adj2] stupid, unintelligent dense,… …

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  • 12 dumb- (-bh?) —     dumb ( bh?)     English meaning: penis, tail     Deutsche Übersetzung: “penis, Schwanz”, perhaps actually ‘stab”     Material: Av. duma m. “tail”, Pers. dum, dumb (*dum(h)ma ), O.H.G. zumpfo “penis”, M.H.G. zumpf(e), zumpfelīn (Sũtterlin IF …

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  • 13 dumb — [dum] adj. [ME & OE, akin to Ger dumm (Goth dumbs), mute, stupid < nasalized var. of IE * dheubh < base * dheu : see DULL] 1. lacking the power of speech; mute: now regarded as offensive 2. unwilling to talk; silent 3. not accompanied by… …

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  • 14 dumb — index fatuous, mute, speechless, taciturn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 15 dumb — dumb1 S3 [dʌm] adj [: Old English;] 1.) informal stupid ▪ What a dumb question. ▪ a bunch of dumb kids ▪ What is it? I asked, playing dumb (=pretending to be stupid) . ▪ She s no dumb blonde (=a pretty woman with blonde hair who seems stupid) . 2 …

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  • 16 dumb — adj. 1 a (of a person) unable to speak, usu. because of a congenital defect or deafness. b (of an animal) naturally unable to speak (our dumb friends). 2 silenced by surprise, shyness, etc. (struck dumb by this revelation). 3 taciturn or reticent …

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  • 17 dumb — [[t]dʌ̱m[/t]] dumber, dumbest 1) ADJ Someone who is dumb is completely unable to speak. ...a young deaf and dumb man. Syn: mute 2) ADJ: v link ADJ If someone is dumb on a particular occasion, they cannot speak because they are angry, shocked, or… …

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  • 18 dumb — I UK [dʌm] / US adjective Word forms dumb : adjective dumb comparative dumber superlative dumbest 1) informal stupid She s so dumb she can t even figure out her answering machine. You gave him your phone number? That was a dumb thing to do. 2) a) …

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  • 19 dumb — dumb1 [ dʌm ] adjective * 1. ) INFORMAL stupid: She s so dumb she can t even figure out her answering machine. You gave him your phone number? That was a dumb thing to do. a ) play/act dumb to pretend to not know or understand something: Don t… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 dumb — dumbly, adv. dumbness, n. /dum/, adj., dumber, dumbest, v. 1. lacking intelligence or good judgment; stupid; dull witted. 2. lacking the power of speech (often offensive when applied to humans): a dumb animal. 3. temporarily unable to speak: dumb …

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