Shandor read, numbly, his mind twisting in protest as the picture unfolded.
Her eyes vacant and numbly fixed, she rose slowly to her feet.
numbly the thought came to her of how long she had waited for this.
A standby pattern lighted the screen, and I stared at it numbly.
"I am trying to," said Thornton numbly, watching her as she moved about.
She walked blindly, numbly to her room, assisted by her uncle, the Count.
numbly, Auguste felt himself being led toward the great lodge, his pony's hooves falling softly on white petals.
They knelt together, and Hyacinth, numbly indifferent, felt his hand grasped and held.
numbly, Henry realized that the rest of Mr. Carsville was under that block of marble.
He threw up the window, and went in first, turning on the light, and Eveley followed him numbly.
c.1400, nome, "deprived of motion or feeling," literally "taken, seized," from past participle of nimen "to take, seize," from Old English niman "to take, catch, grasp" (see nimble). The extraneous -b (to conform to comb, limb, etc.) appeared 17c. The notion is of being "taken" with palsy, shock, and especially cold. Figurative use from 1560s.
1550s, from numb (adj.). Related: Numbed; numbing.
Being unable or only partially able to feel sensation or pain; deadened or anesthetized.
Being emotionally unresponsive; indifferent.
Stupid; unresponsive (1950s+)