- 1numb something to make a part of your body unable to feel anything, for example because of cold His fingers were numbed with the cold.
- 2numb somebody to make somebody unable to feel, think or react in a normal way, for example because of an emotional shock synonym stun We sat there in silence, numbed by the shock of her death. Word Origin late Middle English nome(n), past participle of obsolete nim ‘take’.
BrE BrE//nʌm//; NAmE NAmE//nʌm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they numb
BrE BrE//nʌm//; NAmE NAmE//nʌm//he / she / it numbs
BrE BrE//nʌmz//; NAmE NAmE//nʌmz//past simple numbed
BrE BrE//nʌmd//; NAmE NAmE//nʌmd//past participle numbed
BrE BrE//nʌmd//; NAmE NAmE//nʌmd//-ing form numbing
BrE BrE//ˈnʌmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnʌmɪŋ//