adjective \ˈnəm\

: unable to feel anything in a particular part of your body because of cold, injury, etc.

: unable to think, feel, or react normally because of something that shocks or upsets you

Full Definition of NUMB

:  devoid of sensation especially as a result of cold or anesthesia
:  devoid of emotion :  indifferent
numb transitive verb
numb·ly \ˈnəm-lē\ adverb
numb·ness noun

Examples of NUMB

  1. The side of my face was still numb an hour after the surgery.
  2. I had a numb feeling in my toes.
  3. It was so cold that my fingers went numb.
  4. A stroke can cause one side of your body to go numb.
  5. Her son had died and she just felt numb.
  6. He stood there numb with fear.

Origin of NUMB

Middle English nomen, from past participle of nimen to take — more at nim
First Known Use: 14th century


Next Word in the Dictionary: numbat
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Num
All Words Near: numb

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up numb? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).