adjective, dumb·er, dumb·est.
- (of a barge) without means of propulsion.
- (of any craft) without means of propulsion, steering, or signaling.
Words nearby dumb
Origin of dumb
OTHER WORDS FROM dumbdumb·ly, adverbdumb·ness, nounqua·si-dumb, adjectivequa·si-dumb·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for dumbness
This is not dumbness, or denseness, or illiteracy, but belligerent unenlightenment.
Now she perceived his condition of terrible excitement and that his dumbness had not been the apathy she fancied.A Man's Hearth|Eleanor M. Ingram
He remembered how he had been shocked to dumbness years before when someone in the neighborhood had died.Spring Street|James H. Richardson
Sarah did not blame her teachers for her breaking down; in her opinion it was her own natural "dumbness."When Sarah Went to School|Elsie Singmaster
One of the synonyms of infantile remittent was an acute fever with dumbness.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Creighton
He himself was more boisterous than usual, as if to cover up the dumbness of his wife.Clark's Field|Robert Herrick
British Dictionary definitions for dumbness
- slow to understand; dim-witted
- foolish; stupidSee also dumb down