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 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 When news of the lockdown hit, home fitness equipment such as dumbbells and kettlebells sold out everywhere online. Rosie Gizauskas, refinery29.com, "The Dangerous Pressure To Have A Lockdown Glow-Up," 21 Apr. 2020 Home Depot buckets filled with cement serve as stand-ins for plates and dumbbells. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Life in lockdown doesn’t stop Jaquess brothers from training," 2 Apr. 2020 One was using a jump rope, another had two small dumbbells, and another a piece of pipe. The New Yorker, "at the epicenter of the pandemic.," 27 Apr. 2020 Some have used the resistance bands and dumbbells sent to them. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Nuggets coach Michael Malone: NBA games without fans 'more than likely,' but canceling season still possible," 22 Apr. 2020 Bent-over rows: Holding onto a set of 5-pound dumbbells, hinge forward at the hips and allow the arms to reach toward the ground. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "How to combat poor at-home work posture," 22 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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18 May 2020

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“Dumbbell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumbbell. Accessed 28 May. 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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