- 1 (informal) stupid That was a pretty dumb thing to do. If the police question you,act dumb (= pretend you do not know anything). In her early movies she played a dumb blonde.
- 2temporarily not speaking or refusing to speak We were all struck dumb with amazement. We sat there in dumb silence.
- 3 unable to speak She was born deaf and dumb. Dumb used in this meaning is old-fashioned and can be offensive. It is better to use speech-impaired instead.
- adverb “Are you all right?” Laura nodded dumbly.
- noun [uncountable]
dumblyjump to other results
dumbnessjump to other results