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Meaning of DUMB

Pronunciation:  dum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
  2. [adj]  lacking the power of human speech; "dumb animals"
  3. [adj]  unable to speak temporarily; "struck dumb"; "speechless with shock"
  4. [adj]  slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "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"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students"

DUMB is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dense, dim, dull, inarticulate, mute, obtuse, silent, slow, speechless, stupid, unarticulate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dumb\, a. [AS. dumb; akin to D. dom stupid, dumb, Sw.
    dumb, Goth. dumbs; cf. Gr. ? blind. See {Deaf}, and cf.
    1. Destitute of the power of speech; unable; to utter
       articulate sounds; as, the dumb brutes.
             To unloose the very tongues even of dumb creatures.
    2. Not willing to speak; mute; silent; not speaking; not
       accompanied by words; as, dumb show.
             This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him. --Shak.
             To pierce into the dumb past.         -- J. C.
    3. Lacking brightness or clearness, as a color. [R.]
             Her stern was painted of a dumb white or dun color.
                                                   --De Foe.
    {Deaf and dumb}. See {Deaf-mute}.
    {Dumb ague}, or {Dumb chill}, a form of intermittent fever
       which has no well-defined ``chill.'' [U.S.]
    {Dumb animal}, any animal except man; -- usually restricted
       to a domestic quadruped; -- so called in contradistinction
       to man, who is a ``speaking animal.''
    {Dumb cake}, a cake made in silence by girls on St. Mark's
       eve, with certain mystic ceremonies, to discover their
       future husbands. --Halliwell.
    {Dumb cane} (Bot.), a west Indian plant of the Arum family
       ({Dieffenbachia seguina}), which, when chewed, causes the
       tongue to swell, and destroys temporarily the power of
    {Dumb crambo}. See under {crambo}.
    {Dumb show}.
       (a) Formerly, a part of a dramatic representation, shown
           in pantomime. ``Inexplicable dumb shows and noise.''
       (b) Signs and gestures without words; as, to tell a story
           in dumb show.
    {To strike dumb}, to confound; to astonish; to render silent
       by astonishment; or, it may be, to deprive of the power of
    Syn: Silent; speechless; noiseless. See {Mute}.
  2. \Dumb\, v. t.
    To put to silence. [Obs.] --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are dumb indicates your inability to persuade others to see your point of view.
Easton Bible Dictionary

from natural infirmity (Ex. 4:11); not knowing what to say (Prov. 31:8); unwillingness to speak (Ps. 39:9; Lev. 10:3). Christ repeatedly restored the dumb (Matt. 9:32, 33; Luke 11:14; Matt. 12:22) to the use of speech.

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