dumb ( dumber comparative) ( dumbest superlative) ( dumbs 3rd person present) ( dumbing present participle) ( dumbed past tense & past participle )
1 adj Someone who is dumb is completely unable to speak.
...a young deaf and dumb man.
2 adj If someone is dumb on a particular occasion, they cannot speak because they are angry, shocked, or surprised.
LITERARY v-link ADJ
We were all struck dumb for a minute.
dumbly adv ADV with v
I shook my head dumbly, not believing him.
3 adj If you call a person dumb, you mean that they are stupid or foolish.
INFORMAL, disapproval The questions were set up to make her look dumb.
4 adj If you say that something is dumb, you think that it is silly and annoying. (AM) INFORMAL, disapproval
(=stupid) I came up with this dumb idea... dumb down phrasal verb If you dumb down something, you make it easier for people to understand, especially when this spoils it. No one favored dumbing down the magazine. V P n, Also V n P, V
dumbing down n-uncount He accused broadcasters of contributing to the dumbing down of America.
dumb-bell ( dumb-bells plural ) , dumbbell A dumb-bell is a short bar with weights on either side which people use for physical exercise to strengthen their arm and shoulder muscles. n-count
dumb waiter ( dumb waiters plural ) , dumbwaiter A dumb waiter is a lift used to carry food and dishes from one floor of a building to another. n-count
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