Definition of numb adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//nʌm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//nʌm//
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  1. 1if a part of your body is numb, you cannot feel anything in it, for example because of cold to be/go numb numb with cold I've just been to the dentist and my face is still numb.
  2. 2unable to feel, think or react in the normal way He felt numb with shock.
  3. see also numbing
    Word Originlate Middle English nome(n), past participle of obsolete nim ‘take’.Extra examples He felt numb with weariness and grief. Her voice sounded numb. His fingers were beginning to go numb. Laura felt totally numb. My legs were numb from kneeling. Robin’s hand felt numb with cold. The news left us numb and confused. Their fingers were going numb with cold.
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