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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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 has rowing machines, dumbbells and treadmills as well as sport balls, jump ropes and other exercise equipment. oregonlive, "Biking and other ways to get moving: Oregon PE expert’s exercise tips for all ages," 20 May 2020 One exception came when Jones went out and filled empty milk jugs with dirt to use as dumbbells for training. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football strength coach Mickey Marotti on the challenge during COVID-19, and the one that awaits," 13 May 2020 But Pro Swings founder Stephanie Best has allowed Rhodes to work out in her garage, which stores a treadmill, a barbell, dumbbells and bumper plates. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Working Out From Home: How softball star included her dog in workout routines," 24 Apr. 2020 Among their suggestions: Soup-can dumbbells and indoor gardening might help older people who are new to working out to weather the physical effects of a prolonged coronavirus lockdown. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Older and Stuck at Home? Expert Advice on Fitness," 22 Apr. 2020 Working with minimal staff, general manager Michael Glass bought microwaves and refrigerators for rooms that didn’t have them, and set up a sign-out system for dumbbells. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Hosting Coronavirus Workers Prepares Hotels for Industry’s Future," 13 May 2020 His workouts have a decidedly old school feel, in his trainer’s storage unit with a weight bench, dumbbells and a sand pit. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "‘It only takes one year’: If LSU could win a title, Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond is confident his Aggies can," 2 May 2020 From standing, hold a moderate-weight kettle bell or dumbbell at your side in your left hand. Dana Santas, CNN, "Five household items you can use to work out your whole body," 24 Apr. 2020 The Bucks have done an amazing job helping get equipment to my house to just keep things going as far as barbells and dumbbells and jump ropes and bands. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Q&A: Bucks veterans George Hill and Marvin Williams discuss life during the NBA's hiatus," 21 Apr. 2020

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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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15 Jun 2020

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“Dumbbell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumbbell. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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