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English adjective: dumb

1. dumb slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

SamplesSo 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.
Dumb officials make some really dumb decisions.
He was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse.
Worked with the slow students.

Synonymsdense, dim, dull, obtuse, slow



2. dumb temporarily incapable of speaking

SamplesStruck dumb.
Speechless with shock.


Similarinarticulate, unarticulate


3. dumb lacking the power of human speech

SamplesDumb animals.

Similarinarticulate, unarticulate


4. dumb unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

Synonymsmute, silent

Similarinarticulate, unarticulate


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