numbest

numb

[nuhm]
adjective, number, numbest.
1.
deprived of physical sensation or the ability to move: fingers numb with cold.
2.
manifesting or resembling numbness: a numb sensation.
3.
incapable of action or of feeling emotion; enervated; prostrate: numb with grief.
4.
lacking or deficient in emotion or feeling; indifferent: She was numb to their pleas for mercy.
verb (used with object)
5.
to make numb.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English nome literally, taken, seized, variant of nomen, numen, Old English numen, past participle of niman to take, nim1

numbly, adverb
numbness, noun
half-numb, adjective
unnumbed, adjective
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numb (nʌm)
 
adj
1.  deprived of feeling through cold, shock, etc
2.  unable to move; paralysed
3.  characteristic of or resembling numbness: a numb sensation
 
vb
4.  to make numb; deaden, shock, or paralyse
 
[C15: nomen, literally: taken (with paralysis), from Old English niman to take; related to Old Norse nema, Old High German niman]
 
'numbly
 
adv
 
'numbness
 
n

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numb
mid-15c., nome, lit. "taken, seized," from pp. of nimen "to take, seize," from O.E. niman "to take" (see nimble). The extraneous -b (to conform to comb, limb, etc.) appeared 17c. The notion is of being "taken" with palsy, shock, and especially cold. The verb is from c.1600.
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numb (nŭm)
adj.

  1. Being unable or only partially able to feel sensation or pain; deadened or anesthetized.

  2. Being emotionally unresponsive; indifferent.

v. numbed, numb·ing, numbs
To make or become numb.
numb'ness n.
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