adjective, dumb·er, dumb·est.
- (of a barge) without means of propulsion.
- (of any craft) without means of propulsion, steering, or signaling.
Origin of dumb
Related Words for dumberspeechless, foolish, dull, inarticulate, incoherent, mousy, mum, mute, quiet, silent, soundless, tongue-tied, uncommunicative, voiceless, wordless, dense, dim-witted, feebleminded, moronic, thick
Examples from the Web for dumber
Contemporary Examples of dumber
When you see those people on Fox “News,” change the channel because they are making you dumber.Would You Risk Your Life to Vote? It Looks Like 7 Million Afghans Did.
April 7, 2014
I think he can do it, especially with the unwitting help of the Republicans, who get dumber every week.How Obama Can Become Our Era’s Reagan
January 21, 2013
A dumber move, on the Warhol front, came when one of his intense car-crash paintings went for “only” $8 million.Christie’s Touts $412 Million Art Auction but Art Was Not the Winner
November 15, 2012
In this scene from Dumb & Dumber, Lloyd tricks Harry by adding laxatives to his tea to sabotage a date.April Fool’s! Hollywood’s Biggest Pranks
April 1, 2012
In fact, Beck told viewers in a spirited refrain, “You couldn't get dumber than me.”Glenn Beck’s Most Outrageous Moments
The Daily Beast Video
June 30, 2011
Historical Examples of dumber
"She's a lively one if she is a dumber," said Freckles approvingly.Flamsted quarries
Mary E. Waller
No, oh, no; for then she would be deafer and dumber and blinder than she was before.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Th' funny part o' it is, th' dumber they air th' more they chatter.Bring Me His Ears
Clarence E. Mulford
Only in moments of intense excitement did Dumber misplace or leave out the aspirate.
Dumber's face expressed such amazement and consternation that John nearly laughed in spite of himself.
- slow to understand; dim-witted
- foolish; stupidSee also dumb down
Word Origin for 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.