(adjective, verb)


1. lacking sensation

- numb with cold

Similar word(s): insensible, asleep, benumbed

2. (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive

- numb to the cries for mercy

Similar word(s): insensitive, dead

3. so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; petrified

- too numb with fear to move

Similar word(s): afraid


1. make numb or insensitive

- The shock numbed her senses

Similar word(s): benumb, blunt, dull

Definition categories: perception, desensitise, desensitize

Sentences with numb as a verb:

- The dentist gave me novocaine to numb my tooth before drilling, thank goodness.