numb·​ing | \ ˈnə-miŋ How to pronounce numbing (audio) \

Definition of numbing

: tending or serving to make numb or spiritless losing by a numbing margin a numbing lecture

Other Words from numbing

numbingly adverb

Examples of numbing in a Sentence

an utterly numbing class in statistics the numbing air of that wintry morning
Recent Examples on the Web Aside from being scientifically fascinating, the special effect of these peppercorns is also a key component of Sichuan cuisine’s greatest gift to the culinary world, a numbing and spicy flavor profile known as málà. Chala Tyson Tshitundu, Bon Appétit, 29 Sep. 2021 Come winter, wide open spaces in Iowa are more numbing than even a hardy Minnesotan wants to experience. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 5 Feb. 2021 What’s most powerful in lending Mr. Toor’s paintings their emotive combination of fleeting, gossamer happiness and a semi-numbing societal oppression is his palette. Peter Plagens, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2020 While traditional malatang broth is made from bone broth and is spicy and numbing, several places also offer vegetarian broths and non-spicy broths. Momo Chang,, 26 June 2020 Because watching people die in Alabama’s execution chamber is numbing, over time. John Archibald |, al, 5 Mar. 2020 Case and death numbers remain stuck on a numbing, tragic plateau that is tilting only slightly downward., 4 May 2020 But when possible, some plastic surgeons are finding alternatives and using anti-inflammatories, local anesthetics, and numbing medications to attack different pain pathways. Cotton Codinha, Allure, 6 Nov. 2019 In the cases Mitchell chronicles in Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era, the degree of sheer evil and overt corruption was numbing. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 26 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of numbing

1581, in the meaning defined above

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“Numbing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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