Definition of numb in English:

numb

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Pronunciation: /nʌm
 
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adjective

1(Of a part of the body) deprived of the power of physical sensation: my feet were numb with cold
More example sentences
  • I awoke to find this numb sensation in my left arm, and a horrible headache.
  • You're standing beside a beer cooler on the bank of a frozen Siberian river, and your nose is numb with cold.
  • He reached to grab the rifle but could not because his forearm felt numb and dead.
Synonyms
deprived of sensation, without feeling, numbed, benumbed, dead, deadened, desensitized, insensible, insensate, senseless, unfeeling; anaesthetized, drugged; dazed, stunned, stupefied, in shock, paralysed, petrified, immobilized, frozen, chilled
rare torpefied
1.1Unable to think, feel, or respond normally: the tragic events left us shocked and numb
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  • It's surprising that one event follows another in such a way that we are left totally numb.
  • I had been in a meeting with an artist and was left totally numb.

verb

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1Deprive of feeling or responsiveness: the cold had numbed her senses
More example sentences
  • This is drunk warm out of small earthenware cups or chilled depending on the season, and in my experience the hot stuff numbs your senses like hemlock.
  • And so she bravely walked down 2nd Avenue, fighting the elements, the cold wind numbing her soft little fingers.
  • Are their senses numbed by visual culture, we wonder, or are they simply getting the programmes they deserve?
Synonyms
1.1Cause (a sensation) to be felt less intensely; deaden: vodka might numb the pain in my hand
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  • The effect of the brew was to stupefy the convict to the point of pseudo-coma and to numb his physical sensations.
  • I'm sure circumcised men are probably far better lovers due to the fact that their sensations are numbed.
  • Insiders worry that the troubled star may turn his back on his recovery and hit the drugs to numb his pain over the end of the two-month relationship.
Synonyms
deaden, deprive of sensation, benumb, desensitize, render insensitive, dull; anaesthetize, drug; daze, stun, stupefy, paralyse, petrify, immobilize, freeze, chill

Origin

late Middle English nome(n), past participle of obsolete nim 'take'.

Derivatives

numbly

adverb
More example sentences
  • He would not, as he walked out of his Chiswick house into the sunshine, have considered that by lunchtime he would be staring numbly at her dead body.
  • Dressing for the trip home, I stared numbly at the clothes hanging in my closet.
  • The original film ended with Katharine Ross numbly pushing her shopping cart down the grocery aisle.

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