adjective, numb·er, numb·est.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of numb
OTHER WORDS FROM numbnumbly, adverbnumbness, nounhalf-numb, adjectiveun·numbed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for numb
A customer can pretty much point anywhere on the menu — numbing mapo tofu, stir-fried greens with garlic, spiced lamb ribs — and hit the jackpot.
It’s become so easy after months and months of this to become numb.“We’ve Let the Worst Happen”: Reflecting on 400,000 Dead|by Logan Jaffe|January 23, 2021|ProPublica
He has had to wear a brace on his right wrist and his left hand is numb.Firefighter who nearly died of covid begs front-line workers: ‘Please, get the shots’|Katie Mettler|January 22, 2021|Washington Post
Just-social friends, over time, can grow numb to each other’s day-to-day.Carolyn Hax: Well, I . . . It’s just that . . . I’d like to be . . . heard without interruption|Carolyn Hax|January 6, 2021|Washington Post
By the time the last train arrived, my back felt broken, and my hands were numb from the cold.Near the end of life, my hospice patient had a ghostly visitor who altered his view of the world|Scott Janssen|January 2, 2021|Washington Post
This autoimmune disorder, which affects about seven in 10,000 people, causes numbness and pain in the limbs and imbalance walking.
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
We appraise the legacy of 9/11 through politics and the news, but side effects include numbness.
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
When the details came in about Sandy Hook Elementary School, a shocked numbness set in.
There was a vicious aching in his nerves, his muscles were flaccid and unstrung; a numbness was in his brain as well.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
The nurse hurried forward, and Corydon felt a stinging sensation in her side, and then a delightful numbness crept over her.Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
Tim cried out that he had been bitten, and that he felt an extraordinary numbness in the limb.In the Wilds of Florida|W.H.G. Kingston
Numbness and tingling follow its application to the limbs or tongue when it is of good quality.
He forced himself to overcome the numbness which his brain cast up to defend itself.Tight Squeeze|Dean Charles Ing