dumbness


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

dumb

 (dŭm)
adj. dumb·er, dumb·est
1.
a. Lacking the power of speech. Used of animals and inanimate objects.
b. Offensive Incapable of using speech; mute. Used of humans. See Usage Note at mute.
2. Temporarily speechless, as with shock or fear: I was dumb with disbelief.
3. Unwilling to speak; taciturn.
4. Not expressed or articulated in sounds or words: dumb resentment.
5. Nautical Not self-propelling.
6. Conspicuously unintelligent; stupid: dumb officials; a dumb decision.
7. Unintentional; haphazard: dumb luck.
tr.v. dumbed, dumb·ing, dumbs
To make silent or dumb.
Phrasal Verb:
dumb down (or up)
Slang To rewrite for a less educated or less sophisticated audience.

[Middle English, from Old English.]

dumb′ly adv.
dumb′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dumbness - the quality of being mentally slow and limited
stupidity - a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience

dumbness

noun
The avoidance of speech:
Translations
بُكْم، عَدم القُدْرَه على الفَهْم
hloupostněmota
åndssvagheddumhedtåbelighed
málleysi
nemost
aptallıkbudalalık

dumbness

[ˈdʌmnɪs] N
1. (Med) → mudez f
2. (= stupidity) → estupidez f

dumbness

n
Stummheit f
(esp US inf: = stupidity) → Doofheit f (inf), → Dummheit f

dumbness

[ˈdʌmnɪs] n
a. (Med) → mutismo
b. (fam) (stupidity) → idiozia, stupidità

dumb

(dam) adjective
1. without the power of speech. She was born deaf and dumb; We were struck dumb with astonishment.
2. silent. On this point he was dumb.
3. (especially American) very stupid. What a dumb thing to do!
ˈdumbness noun
ˈdumbly adverb
References in classic literature ?
There was finally a waiting pause, an expectant dumbness, and then Aunt Polly entered, followed by Sid and Mary, and they by the Harper family, all in deep black, and the whole congregation, the old minister as well, rose reverently and stood until the mourners were seated in the front pew.
Medical men, consulted about her case discovered certain physiological anomalies in it which led them to suspect the woman of feigning dumbness, for some reason best known to herself.
the spell of dumbness is upon them all--there is not a single warbler in the valley!
Ye are worse than brute beasts in your actions, and will you imitate them in their very dumbness?''
A devil of dumbness had him by the throat; the devil of terror babbled in his ears; and suddenly, without a word uttered, with no conscious purpose formed in his will, John whipped about, tumbled over the roadside wall, and began running for his life across the fallows.
"I guess you're feeling pretty tired and hungry," Matthew ventured to say at last, accounting for her long visitation of dumbness with the only reason he could think of.
"Though how, in that last case, he could hope to have his own share in the business concealed is more than I can tell," he continued, in his ignorance of poor Stevie's devotion to Mr Verloc (who was GOOD), and of his truly peculiar dumbness, which in the old affair of fireworks on the stairs had for many years resisted entreaties, coaxing, anger, and other means of investigation used by his beloved sister.
He was so deeply impressed by the progress made by these pupils, and by the pathos of their dumbness, that when he arrived in Canada he was in doubt as to which of these two tasks was the more important--the teaching of deaf-mutes or the invention of a musical telegraph.
"'Love him,' she finished eagerly, silencing me into an appalled dumbness. 'How true!
Bread, however, relapsed again into troubled dumbness, and all Newman could do was to fold his arms and wait.
Kudos to the genius who thought upcoming Pakistani musicians can put an act like the participants of the Great Indian Variety Challenge of Disco Dhamaal and Dumbness. Battle of the Bands is a show about music but this season has been a victim to sub-par talent, forced jury antics and above all, strange format changes.
"It just kind of came out and became our voice, which was kind of cool to see your dumbness go out into the world," he explained.