dumb·​bell | \ ˈdəm-ˌbel How to pronounce dumbbell (audio) \

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Amazon shoppers rave about this dumbbell, giving it over 1,700 five-star reviews. Travel + Leisure, 22 June 2021 Hinge joints operate in one plane of motion—the sagittal plane—allowing back-and-forth movement like flexion (curling a dumbbell) and extension (like straightening your leg out in front of you while seated). Elizabeth Millard, SELF, 1 June 2021 One-Arm Row with Weight Start in a standing lunge position with your right foot in front and left hand holding a dumbbell, kettlebell or water bottle. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 8 May 2021 Hold a dumbbell, kettlebell or other weighted object just outside your shoulder, with your arm bent at 90 degrees, palm facing forward. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 8 May 2021 This neoprene dumbbell set comes with three pairs of dumbbells — 3 pounds, 5 pounds and 8 pounds. Megan Oster, chicagotribune.com, 19 Mar. 2021 Each dumbbell has a base that holds any unused weight, so there are no plates to trip over and no clamps to misplace. Claire Zillman, Fortune, 18 Apr. 2021 For example, a bicep curl with a band uses the bicep on the way up and way down, while a bicep curl with a dumbbell uses the bicep on the curl up and barely on the way down. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, 1 Feb. 2019 The series delivers eight workouts that can be done with a light dumbbell or just bodyweight. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of dumbbell

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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1 Aug 2021

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“Dumbbell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumbbell. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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
US, informal : a stupid or foolish person

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