mind-numb·​ing ˈmīn(d)-ˌnə-miŋ How to pronounce mind-numbing (audio)
: relentlessly tedious : dull
mind-numbingly adverb

Examples of mind-numbing in a Sentence

that movie is just a series of mind-numbing explosions and car chases
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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mind-numbing was in 1898

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“Mind-numbing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mind-numbing. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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