adjective, dumb·er, dumb·est.
- (of a barge) without means of propulsion.
- (of any craft) without means of propulsion, steering, or signaling.
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Origin of dumb
usage note for dumb
OTHER WORDS FROM dumbdumb·ly, adverbdumb·ness, nounqua·si-dumb, adjectivequa·si-dumb·ly, adverb
Example sentences from the Web for dumb
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|Tom Sykes|September 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Moynihan|March 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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?|Jace Lacob|February 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“I got the idea from sitting at home watching Paranormal Activity and thinking white people do the dumbest things,” said Wayans.
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|Matt Bennett|January 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He can get away with faking, but the dumbest jury in the world would know what receiving stolen goods was, and he knows it.Murder in the Gunroom|Henry Beam Piper
He is the dumbest kind of a dumb fool that ain't king in some little corner.Rolf In The Woods|Ernest Thompson Seton
He's always been considered the dumbest one in all our relations—never did know how to act.Seventeen|Booth Tarkington
"The dumbest, woodenest, most conscientious young female person it has ever been my lot to meet," goes on Mr. Mills.Torchy, Private Sec.|Sewell Ford
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
British Dictionary definitions for dumb
- slow to understand; dim-witted
- foolish; stupidSee also dumb down