Why makes (fill in the blank) Tiger/Spitzer/Edwards/Ensign/Clinton/men so careless, so dumb?
Obamacare is not just a dumb law but a deeply offensive one (on this at least, the American people have my back).
For reasons sort of dumb and complicated, my decent-sized Roth IRA is now almost entirely sitting in a money market account.
What people are really afraid of is something that has its own vocabulary and idiom because it strikes them dumb.
The way I film is based on the assumption that the audience is as smart and dumb as I am.
Razumov tried hard to understand the reason of this dumb show.
I thought of my wife, and, trying to call her name, was dumb.
I inclose it, and have marked with red ink the passage which struck me dumb.
I venture to think that if your Christianity was deeper, it would not be so dumb.
She turned away from her husband with a soft superiority of innocence and true feeling which struck him dumb.
Old English dumb "silent, unable to speak," from PIE *dheubh- "confusion, stupefaction, dizziness," from root *dheu- (1) "dust, mist, vapor, smoke," and related notions of "defective perception or wits."
The Old English, Old Saxon (dumb), Gothic (dumbs), and Old Norse (dumbr) forms of the word meant only "mute, speechless;" in Old High German (thumb) it meant both this and "stupid," and in Modern German this latter became the only sense. Meaning "foolish, ignorant" was occasionally in Middle English, but modern use (1823) comes from influence of German dumm. Related: dumber; dumbest.
Applied to silent contrivances, hence dumbwaiter. As a verb, in late Old English, "to become mute;" c.1600, "to make mute." To dumb (something) down is from 1933.