dumb·​bell ˈdəm-ˌbel How to pronounce dumbbell (audio)
: a short bar with weights at each end that is used usually in pairs for exercise
: a stupid person : dummy

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Example Sentences

I feel like a dumbbell for making such a stupid mistake. no, you're not a dumbbell{mdash}this is one of the hardest courses the school offers
Recent Examples on the Web For the biceps, hold a dumbbell in each hand and alternately contract and bring the weight to your chin, then lower slowly. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 22 Sep. 2022 The kit comes with one standard-sized bar, two 20-inch dumbbell handles, and six Olympic spring clip collars. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 21 Sep. 2022 How: Stand on your right foot with a soft bend in the knee and hold a dumbbell or kettlebell overhead with your left hand. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Matthew starts by welding together a metal frame which can be held from the inside, much like a regular box dumbbell. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 14 July 2022 First, replace the dumbbell with a kettlebell, then wrap a towel around its handle to hold the weight. Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 6 July 2022 One day, my aunt grabbed a dumbbell and jerked her elbow back with force. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 How to do a dumbbell thruster: Hold your dumbbells by your ears with your elbows facing forward and your feet hip-width apart. Tatiana Lampa, Good Housekeeping, 13 July 2022 One woman grabbed a dumbbell from her car and a man used it to smash the rear passenger’s side window. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 13 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dumbbell was in 1785

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“Dumbbell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumbbell. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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