- deprived of physical sensation or the ability to move: fingers numb with cold.
- manifesting or resembling numbness: a numb sensation.
- incapable of action or of feeling emotion; enervated; prostrate: numb with grief.
- lacking or deficient in emotion or feeling; indifferent: She was numb to their pleas for mercy.
- to make numb.
Origin of numb
Related Words for numbindifferent, dazed, paralyze, stupefy, desensitize, dull, anesthetize, stupefied, frozen, callous, benumbed, paralyzed, detached, anesthetized, immobilize, benumb, blunt, frost, freeze, stun
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Contemporary Examples of numb
Have I got shot up with painkillers and Xylocaine and different things to numb areas so I can play?The NFL Runs on Piles of Painkillers
November 17, 2014
But a fleeting impression suggests that rap has a tendency rather to numb as, for all I know, narcotics might.Tupac and Murray Kempton: The Godfather Who Wore Tweed
June 22, 2014
Neubauer says that she was numb and disoriented and scared to talk to the police.Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent's Story
March 4, 2014
People are numb to these comments because of the Phil Robertson uproar.Why ‘The Bachelor’ Star’s Anti-Gay Comments Got a Pass, But ‘Duck Dynasty’ Didn't
January 20, 2014
It takes several close calls month-after-month to get truly hardened, or numb, in places like Fallujah, Khost, or Helmand.Send in the Marines—and the Anthropologists too?
John Kael Weston
August 23, 2013
Historical Examples of numb
Here the pang suddenly struck her; she was not so numb, after all!Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The book in which he did so is not named in the chapter just quoted, but in Numb.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
I raised my chin from my hands, and found that I was cold, numb, and stiff.The First Violin
My brain was numb, but I did my best to confront the new situation that was before me.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
I leaned against the balustrade all numb, watching them depart.The Strolling Saint
- deprived of feeling through cold, shock, etc
- unable to move; paralysed
- characteristic of or resembling numbnessa numb sensation
- to make numb; deaden, shock, or paralyse
Word Origin for numb
c.1400, nome, "deprived of motion or feeling," literally "taken, seized," from past participle of nimen "to take, seize," from Old English niman "to take, catch, grasp" (see nimble). The extraneous -b (to conform to comb, limb, etc.) appeared 17c. The notion is of being "taken" with palsy, shock, and especially cold. Figurative use from 1560s.
1550s, from numb (adj.). Related: Numbed; numbing.
- Being unable or only partially able to feel sensation or pain; deadened or anesthetized.
- Being emotionally unresponsive; indifferent.
- To make or become numb.