adjective, dumb·er, dumb·est.
- (of a barge) without means of propulsion.
- (of any craft) without means of propulsion, steering, or signaling.
- dumas père,
- dumas, alexandre,
- dumas, jean baptiste andré,
- dumb ague,
- dumb barter,
- dumb bid,
- dumb bunny,
- dumb cane
Origin of dumb
Examples from the Web for dumbly
I dumbly mentioned it and it was obviously done in a joking manner, but everyone was like, “So, did you collect on the bet?”Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill on ‘22 Jump Street,’ Penis Kissing, and Julie Andrews’s Boobs|Kevin Fallon|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her head drooped; she made no reply; she waited, dumbly obedient to the firmer will than her own.The New Magdalen|Wilkie Collins
He was aghast; no words can give, at all, any idea of how dumbly aghast he was.The Golden Scarecrow|Hugh Walpole
He was dumbly exasperated, the more so perhaps in that he divined that to one cleverer than he no obstacle would exist.A Transient Guest|Edgar Saltus
- 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.