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Meaning & Definition of Dumb in English





1. 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"
  • dense,
  • dim,
  • dull,
  • dumb,
  • obtuse,
  • slow

2. Temporarily incapable of speaking

  • "Struck dumb"
  • "Speechless with shock"
  • speechless,
  • dumb

3. Lacking the power of human speech

  • "Dumb animals"
  • dumb

4. Unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

  • dumb,
  • mute,
  • silent

Examples of using

Smart people can pretend to be dumb. The opposite is more difficult.
The dumb masses believe that Mandela was a decent man.
The poor child was born deaf and dumb.