a.1.Destitute of the power of speech; unable; to utter articulate sounds; as, the dumb brutes.
2.Not willing to speak; mute; silent; not speaking; not accompanied by words; as, dumb show.
This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him.
- Shak.
To pierce into the dumb past.
- J. C. Shairp.
3.Lacking brightness or clearness, as a color.
Her stern was painted of a dumb white or dun color.
- De Foe.
Deaf and dumb
See Deaf-mute.
Dumb ague
a form of intermittent fever which has no well-defined "chill."
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.
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 speech.
- Halliwell.
Dumb crambo
See under crambo.
Dumb show
a - Formerly, a part of a dramatic representation, shown in pantomime.
b - Signs and gestures without words; as, to tell a story in dumb show.
- Shak.
To strike dumb
to confound; to astonish; to render silent by astonishment; or, it may be, to deprive of the power of speech.
v. t.1.To put to silence.
Adj.1.dumb - 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"
Synonyms: slow, obtuse, dense, dim, dull
2.dumb - unable to speak temporarily; "struck dumb"; "speechless with shock"
Synonyms: speechless
3.dumb - lacking the power of human speech; "dumb animals"
4.dumb - unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
Synonyms: mute, silent

DEAF, DUMB, AND BLIND. A man born deaf, dumb, and blind, is considered an idiot. (q.v.) 1 Bl. Com. 304; F. N. B. 233; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 2111.

DUMB. One who cannot speak; a person who is mute. See Deaf and dumb, Deaf, dumb, and blind; Mute, standing mute.

To dream that you are dumb, denotes your inability to persuade others to see your point of view.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, 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, dizzy, doltish, doting, 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, 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, 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, strange to, stricken dumb, 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, word-bound, wordless, wrongheaded, zoic, zooidal, zoologic
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Dum fuit infra aetatem
Dum non fuit compos mentis
Dum sola
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Dumb ague
Dumb animal
dumb bomb
Dumb cake
dumb cane
Dumb crambo
Dumb piano
dumb show
Dumb spinet
dumb terminal
dumbed down
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