Definition of dumbness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʌmnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌmnəs//
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  1. 1(informal, especially North American English) the state or quality of being stupid In a moment of drunken dumbness, he tried to stand on his head.
  2. 2(old-fashioned, sometimes offensive) inability to speak Dumbness used in this meaning is old-fashioned and can be offensive. It is better to use speech impairment instead.