Translation of dumb in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /dʌm/


  • 1 1.1 (temporarily silent) to remain dumb permanecer* en silencio or callado to be struck dumb quedarse mudo or sin habla, enmudecer* 1.2 (unable to speak) [dated or offensive/anticuado u ofensivo] mudo she's deaf and dumb es sordomuda
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    • Any blind or dumb person knows how unsafe it is in this land known as paradise.
    • When the devil had come out, the dumb man began to speak.
    • Then we have a black girl who's built like the rest, and she's dumb, she can't speak, she uses sign language.
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    • Sara felt herself pitying the poor, dumb creature.
    • The bovine reference seems apt since I keep standing like a dumb beast on the wrong side of escalators, and walking down footpaths on the wrong side so that people have to go round me.
    • Another dumb creature has also been in the limelight.
  • 2 (stupid) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], tonto, bobo [colloquial/familiar] how dumb can you get?! ¿cómo puedes ser tan tonto or [colloquial/familiar] bobo? that was a dumb thing to do/say ¡qué tontería haber hecho/dicho eso! I can't get the dumb thing to work no logro hacer que funcione esta porquería [colloquial/familiar] to act dumb hacerse* el tonto or [colloquial/familiar] el bobo she played the dumb blonde hacía el papel de la típica rubia tonta
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    • I couldn't tell if he was being stupid, dumb, or idiotic.
    • ‘You're so slow and stupid and dumb,’ she grumbled, opening it and taking out a pencil.
    • Throughout the years, I've had personal contact with some folks that were heavy dope smokers and I always thought they were just extra dumb or extra stupid.

Phrasal verbs

dumb down

verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb/verbo + adverbio + complemento, verbo + complemento + adverbio
bajar el nivel intelectual de

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