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DUMB

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dumb mean? 

DUMB (adjective)
  The adjective DUMB has 4 senses:

1. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
2. unable to speak temporarily
3. lacking the power of human speech
4. unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

  Familiarity information: DUMB used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DUMB (adjective)


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Meaning:

Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

Synonyms:

dumb; slow; obtuse; dim; dense; dull

Context examples:

so dense he never understands anything I say to him / never met anyone quite so dim / although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick / dumb officials make some really dumb decisions / he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse / worked with the slow students

Similar:

stupid (lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity)


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Meaning:

Unable to speak temporarily

Synonyms:

speechless; dumb

Context examples:

struck dumb / speechless with shock

Similar:

inarticulate; unarticulate (without or deprived of the use of speech or words)


Sense 3dumb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking the power of human speech

Context example:

dumb animals

Similar:

inarticulate; unarticulate (without or deprived of the use of speech or words)


Sense 4dumb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

Synonyms:

mute; dumb; silent

Similar:

inarticulate; unarticulate (without or deprived of the use of speech or words)


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