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Dumb Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    dumb adj
  1. 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" [syn: dense, dim, dull, obtuse, slow]
  2. unable to speak temporarily; "struck dumb"; "speechless with shock" [syn: speechless]
  3. lacking the power of human speech; "dumb animals"
  4. unable to speak because of hereditary deafness [syn: mute, silent]
Dumb Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Dumb \Dumb\, v. t. To put to silence. [Obs.] --Shak.
Dumb Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Dumb \Dumb\, a. [AS. dumb; akin to D. dom stupid, dumb, Sw. dumb, Goth. dumbs; cf. Gr. ? blind. See Deaf, and cf. Dummy.]
  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. --Hooker.
  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. Shairp.
  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 speech. Dumb crambo. See under crambo.

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  • Dumb: Dumb may refer to: Muteness (pejoratively referred to as "dumb"), a speech disorder in which the person cannot or will not speak ...
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* I'm not dumb enough to be a goalie. - Brad Hull

* The great lawyer who employs his talent and his learning in the highly emunerative task of enabling a very wealthy client to override or circumvent the law is doing all that in him lies to encourage the growth in the country of a spirit of dumb anger against all laws and of disbelief in their efficacy. - Theodore Roosevelt

* Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important. - Eugene McCarthy


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