verb (used with object)
to make numb; deprive of sensation: benumbed by cold.
to render inactive; deaden or stupefy.
Origin of benumb
1350–1400;Related formsbe·numbed·ness [bih-nuhmd-nis, -nuhm-id-] /bɪˈnʌmd nɪs, -ˈnʌm ɪd-/, nounbe·numb·ing·ly, adverbbe·numb·ment, nounun·be·numbed, adjective
back formation from Middle English benomen,
past participle of benimen
to take away, Old English beniman;
cognate with Dutch benemen, German benehmen, Gothic biniman.
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Examples from the Web for benumbed
Historical Examples of benumbed
I lay down on a deck-chair, and when dawn came was benumbed and sleepy.
It is so cold, so dark, my senses are so benumbed, and the gloom upon me is so dreadful.
The heart may be quite happy and strong when the hands are benumbed with cold.
The icy water so benumbed us we could scarcely control our limbs.
But the gathering grew sad, benumbed, as it were, with lassitude.
British Dictionary definitions for benumbed
Derived Formsbenumbingly, adverb
to make numb or powerless; deaden physical feeling in, as by cold
(usually passive) to make inactive; stupefy (the mind, senses, will, etc)
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Word Origin and History for benumbed
late 15c., from be- + numb. Originally of mental states; of the physical body from 1520s. Related: Benumbed; benumbing.
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