numbly


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numb

 (nŭm)
adj. numb·er, numb·est
1. Deprived of the power to feel or move normally; benumbed: toes numb with cold; too numb with fear to cry out.
2. Emotionally unresponsive; indifferent: numb to yet another appeal.
tr. & intr.v. numbed, numb·ing, numbs
To make or become numb.

[Middle English nome, variant of nomin, past participle of nimen, to seize, from Old English niman; see nem- in Indo-European roots.]

numb′ly adv.
numb′ness n.
Word History: Old English had a number of strong verbs (often loosely called "irregular" verbs) that did not survive into Modern English. One such was the verb niman, "to take," later replaced by take, a borrowing from Old Norse. The verb had a past tense nam and a past participle numen; if the verb had survived, it would likely have become nim, nam, num, like swim, swam, swum. Although we do not have the verb as such anymore, its past participle is alive and well, now spelled numb, literally "taken, seized," as by cold or grief. (The older spelling without the b is still seen in the compound numskull.) The verb also lives on indirectly in the word nimble, which used to mean "quick to take," and then later "light, quick on one's feet."
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.numbly - in a numb manner; without feeling; "I stared at him numbly"
Translations
بِتَخَدُّر، بِفُقدان الحِس
ochromenězkřehle
følelsesløst
zsibbadtan
dauflega; eins og dofinn
skrehnuto
uyuşmuş bir şekilde

numbly

[ˈnʌmlɪ] ADV [watch, gaze, say] → aturdido

numbly

[ˈnʌmli] advd'un air hébété
Numbly, I followed his orders
BUT Je suivis ses ordres, hébété.

numbly

advbenommen, wie betäubt

numb

(nam) adjective
not able to feel or move. My arm has gone numb; She was numb with cold.
verb
to make numb. The cold numbed her fingers.
ˈnumbly adverb
ˈnumbness noun
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Mile after mile Tarzan of the Apes put slowly behind him, borne up by sheer force of will where a lesser man would have lain down to die and rest forever tired muscles whose every move was an agony of effort; but at last his progress became practically mechanical--he staggered on with a dazed mind that reacted numbly to a single urge--on, on, on
Michael sprang away again, and was numbly aware of an ancient joy as he shouldered Jerry who shouldered against him as they ran side by side.
I lay for a full minute, numbly expectant, but there occurred no reeling of walls nor shock and grind of falling masonry.
There is the man whom we all know, stupid, unimaginative, whose brain is bitten numbly by numb maggots; who walks generously with wide-spread, tentative legs, falls frequently in the gutter, and who sees, in the extremity of his ecstasy, blue mice and pink elephants.
That tragically has been the case as political leaders offer little more than platitudes after each shootout, while the nation is left to numbly anticipate the next killing spree.
At first I couldn't quite process the news, and sat numbly staring at the status.
He continued does this tell us about to stare at the screen numbly.
After she found the strength to push the child she had lost into the world, she and husband Aaron held little Jessica in their arms, numbly taking photos to capture her fleeting presence in their lives.
Blanketed in my top bunk, I read one last poem out loud that final night, and Ishmael looked at me numbly.
At the end of the French master's Le Boucher, a schoolteacher who has been complicit with a serial killer stands numbly gazing into a bucolic setting of trees and river.
The mechanic could lift up the bonnet of the car and show me four dwarves strapped to a pair of tandems and tell me that the motor was actually dwarf–powered and that one of the little fellows had to be replaced and I'd just be numbly writing out a cheque and scribbling "new dwarf – car" on the stub.
and stared numbly at the most recent entry, dated that morning--Magda's cell phone number.