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numb

[ nuhm ]
/ nʌm /
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adjective, numb·er, numb·est.
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.
verb (used with object)
to make numb.
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Origin of numb

1400–50; late Middle English nome literally, taken, seized, variant of nomen, numen,Old English numen, past participle of niman to take, nim1

OTHER WORDS FROM numb

numbly, adverbnumbness, nounhalf-numb, adjectiveun·numbed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for numb

numb
/ (nʌm) /

adjective
deprived of feeling through cold, shock, etc
unable to move; paralysed
characteristic of or resembling numbnessa numb sensation
verb (tr)
to make numb; deaden, shock, or paralyse

Derived forms of numb

numbly, adverbnumbness, noun

Word Origin for numb

C15: nomen, literally: taken (with paralysis), from Old English niman to take; related to Old Norse nema, Old High German niman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for numb

numb
[ nŭm ]

adj.
Being unable or only partially able to feel sensation or pain; deadened or anesthetized.
Being emotionally unresponsive; indifferent.
v.
To make or become numb.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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