- numbers game,
- numbers pool,
Origin of numbing
adjective, numb·er, numb·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of numb
Examples from the Web for numbing
The refugee stories are compelling at first, but horrific details are numbing.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The complexities within that religious order, renowned for its scholars and loyalty to the pope, make for a numbing leitmotif.
Those are the numbers, and numbers have a way of numbing us to the complexities that make up everyday life.
It is hard not to be moved when Americans talk about the anguish of losing their jobs, giving voice to the numbing statistics.Sob-Story Campaign Between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama Turns on Personal Pain|Howard Kurtz|May 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Governments rise and fall all over the world with numbing regularity, and some default on their debts, and life goes on.Chaos Over New Elections Deepens Fear of a Greece Chain Reaction|Zachary Karabell|May 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
At first his muscles would not act; a numbing, aching pain possessed him.Four Weird Tales|Algernon Blackwood
But a glimmering of light came and lifted him out of a numbing despair.The Tragedy of St. Helena|Walter Runciman
The quickly-following events of the last twenty-four hours had had a numbing effect on her brain.The Independence of Claire|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Jack had contemplated the possibility of being some time struck down by the numbing cold.The Shooting of Dan McGrew, A Novel|Marvin Dana
They did not reply; they sat staring at him, assailed by a numbing realization of the truth of his assertion.The Hour of the Dragon|Robert E. Howard
Word Origin for numb
1550s, from numb (adj.). Related: Numbed; numbing.
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.