[ nuhm-ing ]
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  1. causing numbness or insensibility; stupefying: the numbing effects of grief; a story repeated with numbing regularity.

Origin of numbing

First recorded in 1625–35; numb + -ing2

Other words from numbing

  • numb·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby numbing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use numbing in a sentence

  • The complexities within that religious order, renowned for its scholars and loyalty to the pope, make for a numbing leitmotif.

  • A cold, numbing sensation stole down my spine and made my legs grow suddenly weak.

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • Winston could scarcely grasp them, for he had lived of late in the cities, and the cold he had been sheltered from was numbing.

    Winston of the Prairie | Harold Bindloss
  • His head was throbbing, though he had touched no wine; there was a great weight in his breast, numbing, crushing.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • Ere a dozen steps were retraced, she was met by the shower,—November rain, cutting and numbing as hail.

    Alone | Marion Harland
  • He stood among them outwardly calm and smiling, his brain fighting off the numbing, confused riot that raged within it.

    The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson