Benumb Definition

benumbed, benumbing, benumbs
benumbed, benumbing, benumbs
To make numb, especially by cold.
American Heritage
To make numb physically.
Webster's New World
To render senseless or inactive, as from shock or boredom.
The dull skit benumbed the audience.
American Heritage
To deaden the mind, will, or feelings of.
My mind was benumbed by grief.
Webster's New World

To make numb, as by cold or anesthetic.


Origin of Benumb

  • Middle English binomen from past participle of binimen to take away from Old English beniman be- away be– niman to take numb

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • be- +‎ numb

    From Wiktionary

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