dumb+person

  • 1 dumb person — See deaf mute; dumb …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 2 deaf-and-dumb person — noun a deaf person who is unable to speak • Syn: ↑mute, ↑deaf mute • Derivationally related forms: ↑deaf mute (for: ↑deaf mute), ↑mute (for: ↑ …

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  • 3 dumb — [OE] The notion underlying dumb is of ‘sensory or mental impairment’. It goes back to a nasalized version of prehistoric Indo European *dheubh , denoting ‘confusion, stupefaction, or dizziness’, which was also the ultimate source of English deaf …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 4 dumb — [OE] The notion underlying dumb is of ‘sensory or mental impairment’. It goes back to a nasalized version of prehistoric Indo European *dheubh , denoting ‘confusion, stupefaction, or dizziness’, which was also the ultimate source of English deaf …

    Word origins

  • 5 Dumb Witness —   Dust jacket illustrat …

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  • 6 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 …

    Medical dictionary

  • 7 dumb-bell — ► NOUN 1) a short bar with a weight at each end, used for exercise or muscle building. 2) informal a stupid person. ORIGIN originally denoting an object similar to that used to ring a church bell (but without the bell, so ‘dumb’) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 dumb-bell — dumbˈ bell noun 1. A double headed weight swung in the hands to develop the muscles 2. Any object or figure of the same shape 3. A stupid person (US) • • • Main Entry: ↑dumb …

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  • 9 dumb|bell — «DUHM BEHL», noun. 1. a short bar of wood or iron with large, heavy balls or disks at the ends. Dumbbells are generally used in pairs and are lifted or swung around to exercise the muscles of the arms, back, etc. 2. Slang. a very stupid person;… …

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  • 10 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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  • 11 dumb-ass — /dum as /, n. Slang (vulgar). a thoroughly stupid person; blockhead. Also, dumbass. [1970 75; Amer.] * * * dumbˈ ass noun (US sl) A stupid person (also adjective) • • • Main Entry: ↑dumb * * * dumb ass UK US …

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  • 12 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… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 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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  • 14 dumb — [[t]dʌm[/t]] adj. er, est, v. usage: dumb in the sense “lacking the power of speech” is offensive when applied to humans (but not animals), probably because the word also means “stupid; dull witted.” The noun dummy in the sense “a person who… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 dumb — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German tumb mute Date: before 12th century 1. a. lacking the human power of speech < dumb animals > b. of a person, often offensive lacking the ability to speak 2.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 dumb-bell — dumbbell dumb bell , dumb bell dumb bell , n. An exercising weight, consisting of two spheres or spheroids, connected by a short bar for a handle; used (often in pairs) for gymnastic exercise. [1913 Webster] 2. an ignorant or foolish person. Syn …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 17 dumb-ass — AND stupid ass 1. mod. stupid; dumb. □ That was a real dumb ass thing to do. 2. n. a stupid person. (Rude and derogatory.) □ Don’t be such a dumb ass! You know what I mean! …

    Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 18 dumb genius — noun a) A person who is very intelligent, but socially dull. It is also acceptable to say that the computer is a dumb genius. b) A person who is very intelligent in one limited sphere, but inept in other areas …

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  • 19 Dumb crambo — Crambo Cram bo ( b[ o]), n. [Cf. {Cramp}, a., difficult.] 1. A game in which one person gives a word, to which another finds a rhyme. [1913 Webster] I saw in one corner . . . a cluster of men and women, diverting themselves with a game at crambo …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 20 dumb — 1. adjective /dʌm/ a) Unable to speak; lacking power of speech. His younger brother was born dumb, and communicated with sign language. b) Of or pertaining to something, especially a person, that is extremely stupid. You are so dumb because you… …

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