dumb·​bell | \ˈdəm-ˌbel \

Definition of dumbbell 

1 : a short bar with weights at each end that is used usually in pairs for exercise

2 : a stupid person : dummy

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Synonyms & Antonyms for dumbbell


airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowderhead, chucklehead, clodpoll (or clodpole), clot [British], cluck, clunk, cretin, cuddy (or cuddie) [British dialect], deadhead, dim bulb [slang], dimwit, dip, dodo, dolt, donkey, doofus [slang], dope, dork [slang], dullard, dum-dum, dumbhead, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome [archaic], moron, mug [chiefly British], mutt, natural, nimrod [slang], nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull (or numbskull), oaf, pinhead, prat [British], ratbag [chiefly Australian], saphead, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schnook [slang], simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo


brain, genius

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Examples of dumbbell in a Sentence

I feel like a dumbbell for making such a stupid mistake. if we don't give him a shove, the poor dumbbell never will propose to her

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Incognito was suspended by the Dolphins in 2013 for bullying a teammate and arrested last May in Florida for allegedly throwing a dumbbell and tennis ball at another gym patron. Fox News, "Richie Incognito, ex-NFL lineman, accused of threatening funeral home staff," 21 Aug. 2018 Upon arriving, with a dumbbell bar in hand, prosecutors claim Uzoka was chased down by Koh and his two friends, Jonathan Okigbo and Merse Dikanda, and eventually stabbed three times and left to bleed out in front of his house. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "A Former Louis Vuitton Model Found Guilty of Murdering Fellow Male Model," 14 Aug. 2018 Adjust the weight or number of reps for a more advanced burn, or stick to the lighter dumbbells on the rack to keep things casual. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Jennifer Lopez's 8-Move Arm and Back Workout Is a Total-Body Challenge," 5 Oct. 2018 Candace is able to tackle all of her toning moves with three sets of dumbbells: 3-pound ones, 5-pound ones and 8-pounders. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Candace Cameron Bure's Must-Haves For Working Out At Home," 14 Aug. 2018 The dumbbells should hang straight down in front of you, palms facing each other. Fox News, "#ThrowbackThursday workout: How to do Jazzercise at home," 20 Apr. 2017 Place your palm on the dumbbell on the ground and perform another push-up to complete one rep. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "4 Exercises to Do When You Haven't Worked Out in Forever," 15 Jan. 2016 Stand up tall and squeeze your glutes, with dumbbells at your sides. NBC News, "5 exercises that target those hard-to-tone body parts," 17 May 2018 With your elbows slightly bent, swing the dumbbells up by squeezing the back muscles together. Jay Willis, GQ, "How to Do Back Rows the Right Way, According to Personal Trainers," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dumbbell

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dumbbell

: a short bar with weights at the ends that is used to make muscles stronger

: a stupid or foolish person

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