- to make numb physically
- to deaden the mind, will, or feelings of: my mind was benumbed by grief
Origin of benumb; from Middle English binumen, past participle of binimen, to take away ; from Old English beniman ; from be-, be- + niman, to take (see -nomy); -b by analogy with dumb
transitive verbbe·numbed, be·numb·ing, be·numbs
- To make numb, especially by cold.
- To render senseless or inactive, as from shock or boredom: The dull skit benumbed the audience.
Origin of benumbMiddle English binomen, from past participle of binimen, to take away, from Old English beniman : be-, away; see be– + niman, to take; see numb.
(third-person singular simple present benumbs, present participle benumbing, simple past and past participle benumbed)
be- + numb