An example of numb used as an adjective is numb cheek, how a cheek feels after an injection of novocaine by a dentist.
- weakened in or deprived of the power of feeling or moving; benumbed; deadened; insensible: numb with cold, numb with grief
- having the nature of numbness: a numb feeling
Origin of numbfrom Middle English nome, nomen, past participle of nimen, to take (with unhistoric -b): see -nomy
- Deprived of the power to feel or move normally; benumbed: toes numb with cold; too numb with fear to cry out.
- Emotionally unresponsive; indifferent: numb to yet another appeal.
tr. & intr.v.numbed, numb·ing, numbs
Origin of numbMiddle English nome variant of nomin past participle of nimen to seize from Old English niman ; see nem- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative number, superlative numbest)
(third-person singular simple present numbs, present participle numbing, simple past and past participle numbed)
- To cause to become numb.
- The dentist gave me novocaine to numb my tooth before drilling, thank goodness.
From the past participle of nim.