Antonyms for numb


Grammar : Adj, verb
Spell : nuhm
Phonetic Transcription : nʌm


Definition of numb

Origin :
  • c.1400, nome, "deprived of motion or feeling," literally "taken, seized," from past participle of nimen "to take, seize," from Old English niman "to take, catch, grasp" (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. Figurative use from 1560s.
  • adj deadened, insensitive
  • verb deaden
Example sentences :
  • Here the pang suddenly struck her; she was not so numb, after all!
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • The book in which he did so is not named in the chapter just quoted, but in Numb.
  • Extract from : « A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II] » by Benedict of Spinoza
  • I raised my chin from my hands, and found that I was cold, numb, and stiff.
  • Extract from : « The First Violin » by Jessie Fothergill
  • My brain was numb, but I did my best to confront the new situation that was before me.
  • Extract from : « The Woman Thou Gavest Me » by Hall Caine
  • I leaned against the balustrade all numb, watching them depart.
  • Extract from : « The Strolling Saint » by Raphael Sabatini
  • I had forgotten them: I was numb to the passion and affairs of life.
  • Extract from : « The Cruise of the Shining Light » by Norman Duncan
  • Presently he tried to rise, and found that his limbs were numb.
  • Extract from : « The Heart of Thunder Mountain » by Edfrid A. Bingham
  • Because Dives had been numb to human needs, Lazarus was the new-discovered leader.
  • Extract from : « The Prisoner » by Alice Brown
  • Use and want are not its masters, sluggish contentment cannot numb its activity.
  • Extract from : « England and Germany » by Emile Joseph Dillon
  • The fiddler's string broke and the guitar player's fingers were numb.
  • Extract from : « The Best Short Stories of 1920 » by Various

Synonyms for numb

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