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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
dumb luckAmerican English (= sheer good luck, not influenced by anything you did)
▪ Sometimes I think my success was really just dumb luck.
dumb show
dumb waiter
play dumb (=pretend you do not know something)
▪ ‘What do you mean?’ ‘Don’t play dumb.'
▪ I know you're not as dumb as you seem.
▪ He said that a lot of buffalo hunters were as dumb as a rock.
▪ And another player might have just kissed off my remark as dumb but innocuous.
▪ He's not so dumb, you know.
▪ Harvester was delighted, amazed, that the Union could be so dumb.
▪ How did adults get so dumb?
▪ It was definitely an intelligent thing to do, but so dumb.
▪ If I hadn't been too dumb I could have come to Mars-U as well, then I wouldn't have been alone.
▪ We would become like dumb animals, oxen, or go crazy, and probably both.
▪ Would that as many animal lovers were as quick to speak and defend dumb animals instead of staying silent as so many do.
▪ Bates is intense as the lonely homosexual whose obsessive selfless love is only reciprocated by a dumb animal.
▪ No such thing as a dumb blonde?
▪ Maginn also took part in the debate concerning the intermarriage of deaf and dumb people.
▪ Yes, we serve dumb people, too.
▪ Sleight was a genuine friend of deaf and dumb people.
▪ The United States has got some of the dumbest people in the world.
▪ You've known me too long to think a dumb thing like that.
▪ You had a good reason for every dumb thing you did which you said I would understand someday.
▪ Seven months earlier my friend could be seen on campus wearing blue jeans and a shirt that said dumb things.
▪ Dole finally acknowledged that smoking was probably a dumb thing to do.
▪ You the dumbest thing on this here earth.
be struck dumb
▪ Amy was struck dumb. Was it possible that her own son had deceived her?
▪ When he arrived at the scene of the disaster, he was struck dumb with horror and amazement.
▪ At times 25,000-plus onlookers were struck dumb by tension and anticipation, a hiccup resounding like a roar.
▪ I was told it was Duart was struck dumb.
▪ No wonder the computer wizards were struck dumb by the place; the narcissistic attraction must have been overwhelming.
▪ Once again I was struck dumb by the mystery of the world.
▪ One edged remark, and she would be struck dumb.
dumb/stupid cluck
▪ You dumb cluck, why'd you tell him?
▪ He stared in dumb misery at the wreckage of the car.
▪ I can't get my dumb car to start.
▪ If we look dumb enough, someone's bound to come and help us out.
▪ Oh, I just did the dumbest thing back there, I forgot my briefcase.
▪ She's always asking such dumb questions.
▪ She told him Jeff was just a friend, and he was dumb enough to believe her.
▪ She was born deaf and dumb.
▪ That's a dumb idea.
▪ The athletic guys were seen as 'cute but dumb'.
▪ You're so dumb, Clarissa!
▪ And um, questions, there are no dumb questions, right?
▪ He knew they were trying to tell him something in the sign language used by the deaf and dumb.
▪ It was definitely an intelligent thing to do, but so dumb.
▪ Maginn also took part in the debate concerning the intermarriage of deaf and dumb people.
▪ The dumb ones are too smart to fight.
▪ The dumb thing is, this is your cameraman mentality, he goes up with these guys who are ice climbing.
▪ The kitchen is equipped along old-fashioned lines, and meals reach the dining room via a dumb waiter.
▪ The means of grace are therefore for all of us, deaf, dumb, or destitute.
dumb/stupid cluck
▪ You dumb cluck, why'd you tell him?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dumb \Dumb\, v. t. To put to silence. [Obs.]


Dumb \Dumb\, a. [AS. dumb; akin to D. dom stupid, dumb, Sw. dumb, Goth. dumbs; cf. Gr. ? blind. See Deaf, and cf. Dummy.]

  1. Destitute of the power of speech; unable; to utter articulate sounds; as, the dumb brutes.

    To unloose the very tongues even of dumb creatures.

  2. Not willing to speak; mute; silent; not speaking; not accompanied by words; as, dumb show.

    This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him.

    To pierce into the dumb past. -- J. C. Shairp.

  3. Lacking brightness or clearness, as a color. [R.] Her stern was painted of a dumb white or dun color. --De Foe. Deaf and dumb. See Deaf-mute. Dumb ague, or Dumb chill, a form of intermittent fever which has no well-defined ``chill.'' [U.S.] Dumb animal, any animal except man; -- usually restricted to a domestic quadruped; -- so called in contradistinction to man, who is a ``speaking animal.'' Dumb cake, a cake made in silence by girls on St. Mark's eve, with certain mystic ceremonies, to discover their future husbands. --Halliwell. Dumb cane (Bot.), a west Indian plant of the Arum family ( Dieffenbachia seguina), which, when chewed, causes the tongue to swell, and destroys temporarily the power of speech. Dumb crambo. See under crambo. Dumb show.

    1. Formerly, a part of a dramatic representation, shown in pantomime. ``Inexplicable dumb shows and noise.''

    2. Signs and gestures without words; as, to tell a story in dumb show.

      To strike dumb, to confound; to astonish; to render silent by astonishment; or, it may be, to deprive of the power of speech.

      Syn: Silent; speechless; noiseless. See Mute.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English dumb "silent, unable to speak," from PIE *dheubh- "confusion, stupefaction, dizziness," from root *dheu- (1) "dust, mist, vapor, smoke," and related notions of "defective perception or wits."\n

\nThe Old English, Old Saxon (dumb), Gothic (dumbs), and Old Norse (dumbr) forms of the word meant only "mute, speechless;" in Old High German (thumb) it meant both this and "stupid," and in Modern German this latter became the only sense. Meaning "foolish, ignorant" was occasionally in Middle English, but modern use (1823) comes from influence of German dumm. Related: dumber; dumbest.\n

\nApplied to silent contrivances, hence dumbwaiter. As a verb, in late Old English, "to become mute;" c.1600, "to make mute." To dumb (something) down is from 1933.


Etymology 1

  1. 1 (label en dated) Unable to speak; lacking power of speech. 2 (label en dated) Silent; unaccompanied by words. 3 (label en informal pejorative especially of a person) extremely stupid. 4 (label en figuratively) pointless, foolish, lacking intellectual content or value. 5 Lacking brightness or clearness, as a colour. Etymology 2


  2. 1 To silence. 2 (context transitive English) To make stupid. 3 (context transitive English) To represent as stupid. 4 (context transitive English) To reduce the intellectual demands of.

  1. adj. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students" [syn: dense, dim, dull, obtuse, slow]

  2. unable to speak temporarily; "struck dumb"; "speechless with shock" [syn: speechless]

  3. lacking the power of human speech; "dumb animals"

  4. unable to speak because of hereditary deafness [syn: mute, silent]

Dumb (Nirvana song)

"Dumb" is a song by American rock band Nirvana. It is the sixth song on the band's third studio album In Utero, released in 1993.


Dumb may refer to:

  • Muteness, the condition of being unwilling or unable to speak
  • Stupidity, a lack of intelligence
  • "Dumb" (Nirvana song), 1993
  • "Dumb" (The 411 song), 2004
  • "Dumb" (Faith Evans song), 2012
  • "Dumb" (Tich song), 2013
  • "Dumb", a 1998 song by the band Garbage from the album Version 2.0
  • Dumb terminal, a type of computer terminal lacking independent processing
Dumb (The 411 song)

"Dumb" is a single by British R&B group The 411. Released in August 2004, it was included on the group's debut album Between the Sheets. To date, "Dumb" is their highest-charting single, entering and peaking at number three in the UK Singles Chart, losing the number one position to Natasha Bedingfield's " These Words" but beating competition from Sugababes " Caught in a Moment" and Maroon 5's " She Will Be Loved".

In other countries, it fared well but failed to reach any top ten position. "Dumb" peaked at number twelve in the Republic of Ireland, as well as the top forty in Germany, Australia, Switzerland and Austria.

In Germany the song was the theme song for Sex and the City during ProSieben's commercial breaks.

The French edition of this tracks, recorded specifically for the French market: "Face À Toi Baby" featuring Mag (featuring the verses from "Dumb" with a special French chorus) is also included in the French version of the album.

Dumb (Tich song)

"Dumb" is the debut single from British singer Tich. The song was released in the United Kingdom as a digital download on 13 May 2013. The song has peaked at number 23 on the UK Singles Chart and at number 22 in Scotland.

Dumb (Faith Evans song)

"Dumb" is a song by American R&B recording artist Faith Evans, recorded for R&B Divas (2012), a compilation album led by Evans which featured the first season stars of the same-titled TV One reality series. It was written by Evans along with Chris "Brody" Brown, Toni Coleman, Achia Dixon, Larrance Dopson, Lamar Edwards, Camille Hooper, and Jaila Simms, incorporating a sample from the composition "Broadway Combination", penned by Christian Arlester for his band Dyke and the Blazers. Production on "Dumb" was handled by music production team 1500 or Nothin', featuring additional production by Evans.

The retro soul track was released as the compilation album's second single following Evans-led lead single " Tears of Joy". A music video for "Dumb" was photographed by Bishop Moore and features Evans singing and dancing in a 1970s-themed clip.

Usage examples of "dumb".

So he ran a program to see if he could connect to any of the services running on that computer, and found an open port with a Telnet service running, which allows one computer to connect remotely to another computer and access it as if directly connected using a dumb terminal.

One evening, being in the box of Le Vasseur, the performance was composed of a tragedy in which a very handsome actress had the part of a dumb priestess.

I dont know why Im dumb agen or what I did wrong maybe its becaus I dint try hard enuff.

He was no dumb tyrannosaur, he was Frikkie Van Alman, head of Oilstar, man of adventure.

For Berel Jastrow these rotten remains possess all the sad sacred sweetness of the dead: poor cold silent mechanisms, once warm happy creatures sparkling with life, now dumb and motionless without the spark of God in them, but destined one day in His good time to rise again.

The guid beuk forbids fornication with human beings and bestiality with sheep and other dumb brutes, but it says nocht about wimbling with extra-terrestrial hominoids.

As for the dumb bimbo image, you have got to give her credit for two successful businesses.

From the mountebanks point of view a pretty little deaf and dumb daughter, who could work miracles on the blackboard, was a treasure to a practical mind.

Oh, what blinkards are we gentlemen, to train any dumb beasts more carefully than we do Christians!

When the boat shoved off and puttered up the channel towards the labour camp on the nearest island, Sebastian looked back at Blucher with the same dumb stare as the men who squatted beside him on the floorboards of the whaler.

She was deaf and dumb till Emilie came and asked us why we were so dull.

Something else he remembered from Cimmaron came from that direction: the collective sound of multitudes of dumb, doomed animals.

Perhaps I might not remember the exact words of a sentence, but I was at liberty to replace them by other expressions as good, and as I never happened to be at a loss, or to be struck dumb, when I spoke in society, it was not likely that such an untoward accident would befall me before an audience amongst whom I did not know anyone who could intimidate me and cause me suddenly to lose the faculty of reason or of speech.

The crystals are composed of oxalate of lime and appear in the different forms shown in the five sections, of octahedral, decahedral, round and dumb bell shapes.

Uncle Vernon furiously, but dumbledore raised his ringer for silence, a silence which fell as though he had struck Uncle Vernon dumb.