Simple Definition of numb
: 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
Examples of numb
The side of my face was still numb an hour after the surgery.
I had a numb feeling in my toes.
It was so cold that my fingers went numb.
A stroke can cause one side of your body to go numb.
Her son had died and she just felt numb.
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
Medical Definition of numb
: devoid of sensation especially as a result of cold or anesthesia
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