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

Keep scrolling for more

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

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 The effort to get more water under the bumpy two-lane black top, originally launched by Congress in 1989, has encapsulated all the numbing delays, doubts and disputes that have dogged the broader plans to restore the Everglades. Curtis Morgan, miamiherald, "A bridge to help heal the Everglades," 19 Mar. 2013 Laser tattoo removal can be painless, but that’s usually because practitioners can give you a numbing agent first. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "6 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Laser Tattoo Removal," 31 Oct. 2018 The statistics tracking climate change since 1988 are almost numbing. Fox News, "NASA's chilling 30-year-old warning," 19 June 2018 This may increase over the next few hours as the numbing medication wears off. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Helpful Things to Know About Getting a Breast Biopsy Before It Happens," 27 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'numbing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of numbing

1581, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about numbing

Statistics for numbing

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for numbing

The first known use of numbing was in 1581

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on numbing

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with numbing

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for numbing

Nglish: Translation of numbing for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of numbing for Arabic Speakers

Comments on numbing

What made you want to look up numbing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!