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dumb    音標拼音: [d'ʌm]
a. 啞的,啞巴的,無聲的,沉默的



adj 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"
[synonym: {dense}, {dim}, {dull}, {dumb}, {obtuse}, {slow}]
2: temporarily incapable of speaking; "struck dumb"; "speechless
with shock" [synonym: {speechless}, {dumb}]
3: lacking the power of human speech; "dumb animals"
4: unable to speak because of hereditary deafness [synonym: {dumb},
{mute}, {silent}]

Dumb \Dumb\, v. t.
To put to silence. [Obs.] --Shak.
[1913 Webster] dumbbell

Dumb \Dumb\, a. [AS. dumb; akin to D. dom stupid, dumb, Sw.
dumb, Goth. dumbs; cf. Gr. ? blind. See {Deaf}, and cf.
1. Destitute of the power of speech; unable; to utter
articulate sounds; as, the dumb brutes.
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To unloose the very tongues even of dumb creatures.
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2. Not willing to speak; mute; silent; not speaking; not
accompanied by words; as, dumb show.
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This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him. --Shak.
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To pierce into the dumb past. -- J. C.
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3. Lacking brightness or clearness, as a color. [R.]
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Her stern was painted of a dumb white or dun color.
--De Foe.
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{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

{Dumb crambo}. See under {crambo}.

{Dumb show}.
(a) Formerly, a part of a dramatic representation, shown
in pantomime. "Inexplicable dumb shows and noise."
(b) 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

Syn: Silent; speechless; noiseless. See {Mute}.
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191 Moby Thesaurus words for "dumb":
Boeotian, abiotic, anaudic, animal, animalian, animalic,
animalistic, aphasic, aphonic, apish, asinine, awkward, azoic,
batty, beastlike, beastly, beef-brained, beef-witted, befooled,
beguiled, besotted, bestial, blankminded, blockheaded, blockish,
bovine, brainless, breathless, brief, brusque, brutal, brute,
brutelike, brutish, buffoonish, callow, chumpish, cloddish, close,
close-tongued, closemouthed, cockeyed, concise, cowish, crass,
crazy, credulous, curt, daffy, daft, dazed, dense, dizzy, doltish,
doting, dull, dullard, dumbfounded, dumbstricken, dumbstruck,
duncical, duncish, economical of words, empty, empty-headed,
exanimate, fat, fatheaded, fatuitous, fatuous, flaky, fond, fool,
foolheaded, foolish, fuddled, futile, gaga, gauche, goofy, green,
groping, gross, gulled, idiotic, ignorant, imbecile, inane,
inanimate, inanimated, inarticulate, incoherent,
indisposed to talk, indistinct, ineducable, inept, inert,
inexperienced, infatuated, innocent, insane, insensate, insensible,
insentient, instinctive, instinctual, klutzy, know-nothing, kooky,
laconic, lifeless, loony, lumpish, mad, maudlin, maundering,
mindless, moronic, mum, mute, naive, nescient, nonconscious,
nonliving, nonrational, numskulled, nutty, oafish, opaque, quiet,
raw, reticent, sappy, screwy, senseless, sentimental, short,
silent, silly, simple, snug, sottish, soulless, sparing of words,
speechless, strange to, stricken dumb, stupid, subhuman, taciturn,
tentative, terse, thick, thick-witted, thoughtless, tight-lipped,
tongue-tied, tongueless, unacquainted, unanimated, unapprized,
uncommunicative, uncomprehending, unconscious, unconversant,
unenlightened, unfamiliar, unfeeling, unilluminated, uninformed,
uninitiated, unintelligent, unknowing, unloquacious, unposted,
unripe, unsure, untalkative, unteachable, unversed, vacuous,
voiceless, wacky, wet, witless, word-bound, wordless, wrongheaded,
zoic, zooidal, zoologic



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