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 dumbestspeechless, 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 dumbest
Contemporary Examples of dumbest
But yesterday, William played one of the dumbest moves of his life as a Prince when he officially left his job.Why Prince William is Mad To Quit The Day Job For A Full-Time Life of Ribbon-Cutting
September 13, 2013
Michael Moynihan collects five of the dumbest love letters to the departed Venezuelan comandante.The Stupidest Hugo Chávez Hagiographies From the Yanquis Who Loved Him
March 7, 2013
Jace Lacob on the show, launching Thursday, that just might be the dumbest ever on television.‘Zero Hour’: Is This the Dumbest Show Ever to Air on TV?
February 13, 2013
“I got the idea from sitting at home watching Paranormal Activity and thinking white people do the dumbest things,” said Wayans.Marlon Wayans on His Romantic ‘Haunted House’
January 10, 2013
After the campaign, a former Clark colleague blogged that I was “the dumbest person in Democratic politics.”Plight of the Republican Presidential Race’s Zombie Candidates
January 19, 2012
Historical Examples of dumbest
"Deppy, you are the dumbest creature I know," exclaimed his wife.The Man From Brodney's
George Barr McCutcheon
Oh, don't you know that family affection's the dumbest thing on earth?The Woman With The Fan
I supposed that eventually they'd pick the dumbest day laborer in the place and make him the patsy.Four-Day Planet
Henry Beam Piper
But if Zelda and these other catatonics are teaching ghosts, these ghosts are the dumbest jerks anywhere.At the Post
Horace Leonard Gold
The Grootenheimers always was the dumbest family in the township, an' Elizabeth Grootenheimer is the dumbest of 'em all!The Casting Away of Mrs. Lecks and Mrs. Aleshine
Frank R. Stockton
- 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.