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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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.
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.
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
I lay for a full minute, numbly expectant, but there occurred no reeling of walls nor shock and grind of falling masonry.
Yeezy struggled to crack a smile as he stared numbly off into space, while Kim - who went bra-free and showed off her tiny figure in a white mini dress - couldn't quite turn that frown upside down.
The meals chosen for dinner all required water for cooking, so they sat, Seth balanced on a small rock and Jolie laid out on the gravel, and chewed their Clif bars numbly.
13) For them, trauma repeats where the storyteller is lost in his or her own words, displaced by unexpressed violence; where the promise of "authentic" meaning and accuracy cannot be kept; where the traumatic referent, which the entire testimony desperately attempts to provide, is revealed to be conspicuously not present in any recognizable way; where the would-be witness abandons his or her self-reflective role, either by disappearing into the enactment or by numbly blocking all relationship to it.
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That moment when you numbly realize the answer to your reference question, or the complete response to a research project, just isn't online.
If not, why is the public behaving numbly, as though the killings mean nothing, as though the victims, whether pushers or addicts, deserved to be killed?
Just 90 minutes later, I listened numbly as officers explained Paul had swerved to avoid a driver on the wrong side of the road, but it was too late.