Numb meaning

nŭm
Having the nature of numbness.

A numb feeling.

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Not able to react, surprised, shocked.
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Deprived of the power to feel or move normally; benumbed.

Toes numb with cold; too numb with fear to cry out.

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To make or become numb.
verb
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To make numb.
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Causing numbness.
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To cause to become numb.

The dentist gave me novocaine to numb my tooth before drilling, thank goodness.

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The definition of numb is someone or something without feeling or unable to move.

An example of numb used as an adjective is numb cheek, how a cheek feels after an injection of novocaine by a dentist.

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Emotionally unresponsive; indifferent.

Numb to yet another appeal.

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Weakened in or deprived of the power of feeling or moving; benumbed; deadened; insensible.

Numb with cold, numb with grief.

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Without the power of sensation and motion or feeling; insensible.
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Origin of numb

  • Middle English nome variant of nomin past participle of nimen to seize from Old English niman nem- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From the past participle of nim.

    From Wiktionary