numbing

adjective
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

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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

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What followed was a numbing, exasperating experience, akin to waking up in a subterranean, benighted world. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The numbing experience of living through Africa’s growing internet shutdowns," 24 June 2019 Measures like local numbing or pain-blocking medication, the presence of a parent, sugar water, and a quiet room are used to make the experience more comfortable. Rita Giordano, https://www.inquirer.com, "Art exhibit in Northern Liberties stirs up debate over circumcising infants," 4 June 2019 Levin’s assistant applied a numbing cream to my face and left me to worry. Alice Gregory, Allure, "I Got Fillers for My Chronic Undereye Circles, and the Results Were Impressive," 28 Apr. 2019 When everything looks the same, your brain tends to slide down into a rut of numbing familiarity. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ozark’s muddy season 2, explained in 11 incomprehensible screenshots," 1 Sep. 2018 Then came a numbing cream to dull the pain of the blade. Jessica Yarbrough, SELF, "Microblading Helped Me Stop Obsessively Pulling Out My Eyebrows," 5 Dec. 2018 The days that followed were tumultuous, painful, numbing, and sad. Dixie Lincoln-nichols, SELF, "5 Ways I Learned to Deal With Grief During the Holidays," 21 Nov. 2018 The entire treatment, including an hour of numbing, takes about three hours. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "What Is Semi-Permanent BB Cream, and Why Are People Getting It Microneedled Into Their Faces?," 9 Nov. 2018 No tumors, and while my spine was not in great shape, it could not be blamed for the numbing in my feet. Lynn Peterson Mobley, Washington Post, "My athletic husband stumbled. He was tired. He had a disease we’d never heard of.," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of numbing

1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of numbing was in 1581

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