Dumbbell definition

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A weight consisting of a short bar with a metal ball or disk at each end that is lifted for muscular development and exercise.
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(slang) A stupid person; a dolt.
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(slang) A stupid person.
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A device usually used in pairs, consisting of round weights joined by a short bar, by which it is lifted or swung about in the hand for muscular exercise.
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The definition of a dumbbell is a device with a short bar between two weights, used for exercise or building muscles, or is slang for a dumb person.

An example of a dumbbell is a set of two five pound weights used for exercise at home.

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(weightlifting) A weight consisting of two disks or spheres attached to a short bar; used for exercise and weight training.
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(pejorative) A stupid person.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dumbbell
Plural:
dumbbells

Origin of dumbbell

  • From an apparatus similar to that used in ringing a church bell, but without the bell, used for practice or physical exercise

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