- (of a barge) without means of propulsion.
- (of any craft) without means of propulsion, steering, or signaling.
Origin of dumb
usage note for dumb
OTHER WORDS FROM dumbdumb·ly, adverbdumb·ness, nounqua·si-dumb, adjectivequa·si-dumb·ly, adverb
How to use dumb in a sentence
Still snuggled in your warm bed, you’ll have no reason to reflect that reclining seats are the dumbest airline invention since middle seats.
I will not take these dumb boots off and watch my feet swell until they look like novelty slippers.
While that was a hyper-aggressive play call by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams — and a dumb one, since it put single coverage on the only deep weapon the Raiders really have in Henry Ruggs — they played well enough to win all game.
It would have blown my mind—and sounded like the dumbest idea ever.
Most ideas are dumb, and we and everyone else have every right to point that out.
This is not dumbness, or denseness, or illiteracy, but belligerent unenlightenment.
Not to be outdone in collective dumbness, the smart people at Daimler had paid $36 billion for Chrysler in 1998.
In absolute dumbness Stanton and Cornelia sat listening until the horrid sound died away.Molly Make-Believe|Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
At Oxford Circus they got out, and left me pondering on deafness and dumbness.A Boswell of Baghdad|E. V. Lucas
This dumbness does not mean that his mouth was silent and did not utter a word, for he prophesied in chapters xxv-xxxii.The Prophet Ezekiel|Arno C. Gaebelein
He knew so well, how many thousands of times had he seen, that same look of questioning, pitiful in its dumbness.The Imaginary Marriage|Henry St. John Cooper
The stealing out had been fun, but with the freedom of the tops the sense of conspiracy ceased, and gave place to dumbness.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.|John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for dumb
- slow to understand; dim-witted
- foolish; stupidSee also dumb down