dumb

Definitions

  • Dumb Beasts
    Dumb Beasts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dumb unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
    • adj dumb lacking the power of human speech "dumb animals"
    • adj dumb temporarily incapable of speaking "struck dumb","speechless with shock"
    • adj dumb 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most honey bees die after it stings people as our skin is elastic, unsuitable for their stingers which are meant for harder inelastics skins. Their venom glands are also torn out in the process. (So removing the stinger by piching the tip is well, in one word, dumb.jk)
    • Dumb Destitute of the power of speech; unable; to utter articulate sounds; as, the dumb brutes. "To unloose the very tongues even of dumb creatures."
    • Dumb Lacking brightness or clearness, as a color. "Her stern was painted of a dumb white or dun color."
    • Dumb 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."
    • v. t Dumb To put to silence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: "You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy."—Erica Jong
    • dumb Mute; silent; refraining from speech.
    • dumb Destitute of the power of speech; unable to utter articulate sounds: as, a deaf and dumb person; the dumb brutes.
    • dumb Mute; not accompanied with or emitting speech or sound: as, a dumb show; dumb signs.
    • dumb Hence Lacking some usual power, manifestation, characteristic, or accompaniment; destitute of reality in some respect; irregular; simulative: as, dumb ague; dumb craft. See phrases below.
    • dumb Dull; stupid; doltish.
    • dumb Deficient in clearness or brightness, as a color.
    • dumb Synonyms and Mute, etc. See silent.
    • dumb To become dumb; be silent.
    • dumb To make dumb; silence; overpower the sound of.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dumb dum without the power of speech: silent: soundless
    • v.t Dumb (Shak.) to render dumb
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Quotations

  • James Thurber
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    “While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.”
  • Marian Erickson
    Marian Erickson
    “Most of life is choices, and the rest is pure dumb luck.”
  • George Washington
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    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
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    “In every age of well-marked transition, there is the pattern of habitual dumb practice and emotion which is passing and there is oncoming a new complex of habit.”
  • Solomon Short
    Solomon Short
    “Half of being smart is knowing what you are dumb about.”
  • Billy Boy Franklin
    Billy Boy Franklin
    “If a lie is repeated often enough all the dumb jackasses in the world not only get to believe it, they even swear by it.”

Idioms

Dumb as a post - Someone's who's as dumb as a post is very stupid, like a fencepost.
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Dumb as a rock - If you are dumb as a rock, you have no common sense and are stupid.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. dumb,; akin to D. dom, stupid, dumb, Sw. dumb, Goth. dumbs,; cf. Gr. blind. See Deaf, and cf. Dummy

Usage

In literature:

One song, and one only, in her life she hath, and when that is ended, she is dumb.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
The people round there call them something that signifies 'the Madames American, thin and dumb.
"Stories by American Authors (Volume 4)" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Who could not understand that dumb speech?
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
But it's mean, now, that you are so dumb to forget and have to go back.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
Now everything is dumb.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
Methought thou wast dumb.
"The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio" by Giovanni Boccaccio
The heavens were dumb above him as the snow-bound earth was dumb beneath.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
A little girl in school said yesterday that I was 'dreadful dumb, dumber than a goose.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Begorra, the sight of it sthrikes me quite dumb!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
He adopted a tone of tender entreaty; but the 'dear spirits' had become dumb dogs, and refused to be entreated.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
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In poetry:

This is the learning
Unto which we come:
PROPERLY WALLOPED
Is for ever dumb.
"Recipe" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
On each,
fetched home into its today,
an I slipped away into dumbness:
wooden, a post.
"Homecoming" by Paul Celan
I tun'd another (having store)
Into a grone,
Because the search was dumbe before:
But all was one.
"The Search" by George Herbert
I kneel. But all my soul is dumb
With hopeless misery:
Is he a friend who will not come,
Whose face I must not see?
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Wild terror of the sky above,
Glide tamed and dumb below!
Bear gently, Ocean's carrier-dove,
Thy errands to and fro.
"The Cable Hymn" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I hid in the solar glory,
I am dumb in the pealing song,
I rest on the pitch of the torrent,
In slumber I am strong.
"Song of Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

In news:

How dumb court decisions and bad laws have made it all but impossible for musicians to sample the way the Beastie Boys used to.
Tea party candidates lost because they "did dumb things".
One of several dumb things sports columnists seem to enjoy doing is making predictions.
President Obama is modernizing regulations - removing outdated and "dumb" ones and creating new ones to address current issues.
In other words, to call Trump a troll is to suggest that he's not nearly as dumb as he looks.
Or that he's often called news conferences to make sure millions of people stand witness to him saying dumb things.
If Perry is 'dumb,' why is he such a smart campaigner .
Two of MTV's stupidest programs, The Real World and Spring Break, have been rolled into one staggeringly dumb feature film.
Just Plain Dumb Carnival Cruises Fixes Their Earlier Drag Queen Related Error.
They'd be dumb not to follow this up with a limited run of action figures — we'd collect all four.
Catchy 'Dumb Ways to Die' transit safety video goes viral (and Hard Drive goes on vacation).
I thought I had been around long enough to have seen every bad (dumb) thing done to lose a sale.
" Censorship presumes that citizens are dumb and lack knowledge, and that the state must carry out that role for them because it knows better," he told the AP.
Metro Trains Melbourne "dumb ways to die" by McCann Melbourne.
This recipe for cheese -laced stuffing isn't dumbed down in flavor, but it is easy enough for you to assemble from scratch while also refereeing the little ones playing hide and seek under the holiday table.
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In science:

Now that we have this nifty equation, let’s play dumb and find the root of the function f (x) = ln(x), remembering constantly that our function evaluated at α equals zero (i.e. f (α) = 0).
The Relationship Between a Function, a Functions Inverse, and their Antiderivatives with an Emphasis in Finding Exact Roots with the Technique of Integration
Now, a “dumb” interpolation scheme could just linearly interpolate a pixel value by using the start and end frames.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Geant4 offers several user interfaces, ranging from dumb terminal to graphical.
The Geant4 Visualisation System - a multi-driver graphics system
The velocity dispersion map shows a symmetric dumb-bell structure and the h3 map is anti-correlated with V in the inner parts, revealing an abrupt change in the gradient at r ≈ 4′′ (see also Fisher 1997).
SAURON: An Innovative Look at Early-Type Galaxies
Classically, the fish upstream will receive no sound from the sonic hole i.e. the hole is “dumb”.
Cosmic Problems for Condensed Matter Experiment
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