Adjective "Numb" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a part of the body) deprived of the power of physical sensation.
  1. 'So tonight we all get to sit through a really long and boring event, stifling yawns and clapping dutifully as our bums go numb on hard wooden chairs.'
  2. 'Anna came in saying that she felt emotionally numb.'
  3. 'Only when I emerge, exhausted, on the far side do I realise I've been gripping my handlebars so hard, my fingers have gone numb.'
  4. 'He woke numb and cold, inside a carved hole in the rock.'
  5. 'McKeown says he felt numb when the verdict came through.'
  6. 'I just then began to finally feel that I was freezing; the numb feeling must have worn away.'
  7. 'He tried to move his left leg, to free it from the snow, but it was too tightly wedged, and beginning to go numb with cold.'
  8. 'You're standing beside a beer cooler on the bank of a frozen Siberian river, and your nose is numb with cold.'
  9. 'My hands were getting numb with the cold and I'd got blood all down the side of my head where the oxygen bottle had hit me.'
  10. 'I awoke to find this numb sensation in my left arm, and a horrible headache.'
  11. 'the tragic events left us shocked and numb'
  12. 'I had been in a meeting with an artist and was left totally numb.'


Deprive of feeling or responsiveness.
  1. 'The girl was outside at the time, watching it go down and feeling the air grow colder, nippy at first but soon so cold that it numbed the girl's fingers.'
  2. 'I felt my lungs fill up with water, I could feel the cold numbing my body.'
  3. 'Lia washed her hands, the cold water numbing her fingertips.'
  4. 'Cold air numbed her bare fingers and she held them close to her, putting her hands in the pockets of her coat.'
  5. 'Sitting in the rocking chair, Beth Durand lets the air conditioner blow her hair about her head, her eyes closed against the cold that almost numbs her skin.'
  6. 'It was glacial in my hands, and the cold metal numbed them.'
  7. 'A mixture of nerves and cold numbed my fingers and my mind.'
  8. 'His body movements were labored and his senses were numbed.'
  9. 'Fishing out her key, she inserted it in the lock, her movements jerky, the cold finally numbing her muscles.'
  10. 'As it was the dozen tries that Boroughmuir scored in the first half was enough to numb the senses of even the most fanatical supporter.'
  11. 'vodka might numb the pain in my hand'
  12. 'I found the only thing that numbed the pain was whisky, so I began drinking a bottle a day.'
  13. 'The growth of drug abuse testifies to the increasing numbers of people wanting to escape their reality, or at least numb its pain.'
  14. 'The effect of the brew was to stupefy the convict to the point of pseudo-coma and to numb his physical sensations.'
  15. 'It seemed to be numbing the pain, at least temporarily.'
  16. 'People are able to deceive themselves and numb their pain through denial.'
  17. 'The need to numb the pain of their existence is understood.'
  18. 'We numbed the pain of what was to come by eating and drinking.'
  19. 'She drank three small glasses of hard liquor first to numb the pain, he said.'
  20. 'Many use drugs or alcohol in an attempt to numb their pain.'
  21. 'But he did give me a sample of Biofreeze - one of those gels that heats up and numbs the pain.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be numb with shocks."

"people can be numb with miseries."

"people can be numb with fears."

"people can be numb with disbeliefs."

"stars can be numb with shocks."

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Late Middle English nome(n), past participle of obsolete nim ‘take’.