adjective, numb·er, numb·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of numb
Examples from the Web for numbly
Historical Examples of numbly
Numbly he recognized the countenances which were turned toward him.Beyond the Black River
Robert E. Howard
Numbly the thought came to her of how long she had waited for this.Rich Man, Poor Man
Numbly they followed on—Dor and Jon and Jak and the two youngsters.The Forgotten Planet
Her eyes vacant and numbly fixed, she rose slowly to her feet.The Wolf Cub
A standby pattern lighted the screen, and I stared at it numbly.Backlash
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.