adjective, numb·er, numb·est.
verb (used with object)
- numa pompilius,
- number cruncher,
- number crunching,
- number eight wire
Origin of numb
Examples from the Web for numb
Have I got shot up with painkillers and Xylocaine and different things to numb areas so I can play?
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|Michael Daly|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jacob Siegel|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Dean Obeidallah|January 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It takes several close calls month-after-month to get truly hardened, or numb, in places like Fallujah, Khost, or Helmand.
They saw a fire which a squad of the recruits had kindled near the river, to warm their numb hands.A Dream of Empire|William Henry Venable
The numb, fleshless fingers could hardly guide, or even wield the ax.History of the Donner Party|C.F. McGlashan
But Winnie's numb brain was on another tack; she did not pursue the implications of Mrs. O'Leary's remark.Mrs. Maxon Protests|Anthony Hope
He understood that perfectly, yet he was too numb to grieve just now.In And Out|Edgar Franklin
Silverthorn was numb from sleeping in a cramped posture and without covering; but a deeper chill shook him at these words.
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.