[ duhm-bel ]
/ ˈdʌmˌbɛl /


a gymnastic apparatus consisting of two wooden or metal balls connected by a short bar serving as a handle, used as a weight for exercising.
a stupid person.

Origin of dumbbell

First recorded in 1705–15; dumb + bell1
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British Dictionary definitions for dumbbell

/ (ˈdʌmˌbɛl) /


gymnastics weightlifting an exercising weight consisting of a single bar with a heavy ball or disc at either end
a small wooden object shaped like this used in dog training for the dog to retrieve
slang, mainly US and Canadian a fool
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