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
Words nearby dumb
Example sentences 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
British Dictionary definitions for dumbly
- slow to understand; dim-witted
- foolish; stupidSee also dumb down