dumbbell

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for dumbbell

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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The workouts range in length, and while some are bodyweight only, others require equipment such as an exercise ball, sliders, resistance bands, and dumbbells. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "Everything You Need to Know About 10 Popular at-Home Workout Programs," 13 Jan. 2019 Braithwaite directs us to lie on a bench with two light dumbbells in hand. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Jennifer Lopez's 8-Move Arm and Back Workout Is a Total-Body Challenge," 5 Oct. 2018 Sit on the ball, grip a light dumbbell or weighted plate and extend your arms straight out in front of you. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Golf Obsession With Balance at the Core," 22 Sep. 2018 Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart and a dumbbell in each hand at your sides. Fox News, "#ThrowbackThursday workout: How to do Jazzercise at home," 20 Apr. 2017 Grab a dumbbell in each hand and bend your elbows to 90 degrees. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Here's How to Do Octavia Spencer's Low-Impact Cardio Workout," 4 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of dumbbell

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dumbbell

noun

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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