Definition of dumbphone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdəmˌfōn/


A basic mobile phone that lacks the advanced functionality characteristic of a smartphone: there are still six dumbphones out there for every smartphone
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  • I'm only asking here because people around here seem to be into the mobile space (I own a dumbphone).
  • If affordable prepaid options go away at some point, I'll discontinue service and revert to a dumbphone.
  • I'm currently using a dumbphone with a pay-as-you-go carrier and would like to switch to a pay-as-you-go smartphone.


1990s (first referring to a phone used to access the functionality of a more sophisticated system): from dumb and phone1 (as opposed to smartphone).

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Syllabification: dumb·phone

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