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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Examples of dumbbell in a Sentence

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 As the group held the car to a standstill, a woman in a green shirt handed over a small dumbbell to break the glass of a rear window, allowing the pack to gain control of the vehicle. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Each day, Hank must do 100 goblet squats using a 10-kg dumbbell (equating to 22 pounds). Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 4 Apr. 2022 Bandit bands solve that problem with an ingenious dumbbell-like handle. Gabriela Aoun, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2021 The trainer took Jaffe to the weights (finally), and handed her a two-pound dumbbell. Kelsey Miller, SELF, 11 Jan. 2022 Holding a dumbbell in each hand is the hardest variation. Outside Online, 4 Nov. 2019 Holding a dumbbell in your right hand, extend that arm straight so that the weight is not resting on the bench, and extend your left leg back, while maintaining a flat back. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 28 Feb. 2022 The unique handle and aerodynamic design of kettlebells allows them to be swung and powerfully wielded in ways that might not be as safe with a dumbbell, allowing for a greater range of possible exercises. Amber Sayer, SELF, 16 Feb. 2022 Single-Arm Dumbbell Chest Press Hold one dumbbell overhead, with your elbow slightly bent. Jeff Horowitz, Outside Online, 2 Sep. 2020 See More

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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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Last Updated

21 May 2022

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“Dumbbell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumbbell. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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