numbing

[ nuhm-ing ]
/ ˈnʌm ɪŋ /

adjective

causing numbness or insensibility; stupefying: the numbing effects of grief; a story repeated with numbing regularity.

Nearby words

  1. numberplate,
  2. numbers,
  3. numbers game,
  4. numbers pool,
  5. numbfish,
  6. numbingly,
  7. numbles,
  8. numbly,
  9. numbness,
  10. numbnuts

Origin of numbing

First recorded in 1625–35; numb + -ing2

Related formsnumb·ing·ly, adverb

numb

[ nuhm ]
/ nʌm /

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.

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

Related formsnumb·ly, adverbnumb·ness, nounhalf-numb, adjectiveun·numbed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for numbing

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 Formsnumbly, 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

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Word Origin and History for numbing
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Medicine definitions for numbing

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.

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