adjective, numb·er, numb·est.
verb (used with object)
- numa pompilius,
- number cruncher,
- number crunching,
- number eight wire
Origin of numb
Examples from the Web for numbness
As with other GAN kids, numbness is accompanied by an unusual sensitivity.The Shutdown’s Human Cost: A Family’s Hopes at NIH Put on Hold|Michael Daly|October 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes only the immediacy of news can break through the numbness.Elizabeth Wurtzel: My Tea Party Mom Loves Al Jazeera America|Elizabeth Wurtzel|September 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The shock of the first air-raid sirens giving way to a kind of numbness.Red Alert in Tel Aviv: Fear Inside the Israeli City’s Bubble|Ethan Perlson|November 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It took a while for the numbness that followed the initial shock to wear off.
It was probably a case of numbness; you maul your thumb with a hammer and it will hurt just so long before it stops.Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
The wind across the waters blew chilly in his face: he shivered, a numbness settling in his limbs.Drolls From Shadowland|J. H. Pearce
The numbness of that dead youth was still oppressing her heart and brain.How It All Came Round|L. T. Meade
I should be happy if I could find the stick, and happier still if this numbness would leave the back of my head.Dr. Rumsey's Patient|L. T. Mead
He was conscious of mental indifference, weakness, or numbness—he did not know exactly what it was.The Weird Sisters, Volume III (of 3)|Richard Dowling
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.