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  • struck dumb —    If someone is struck dumb, they are unable to speak because they are so surprised, shocked or frightened by something.     The accused was struck dumb when the verdict was announced …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • was struck dumb — was amazed, was astounded …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dumb´ness — dumb «duhm», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. not able to speak: »dumb animals. Helen Keller learned to speak; she was blind and deaf but not dumb. 2. silenced for the moment by fear, surprise, shyness, or other emotion: »She was struck dumb with… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dumb´ly — dumb «duhm», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. not able to speak: »dumb animals. Helen Keller learned to speak; she was blind and deaf but not dumb. 2. silenced for the moment by fear, surprise, shyness, or other emotion: »She was struck dumb with… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dumb — I UK [dʌm] / US adjective Word forms dumb : adjective dumb comparative dumber superlative dumbest 1) informal stupid She s so dumb she can t even figure out her answering machine. You gave him your phone number? That was a dumb thing to do. 2) a) …   English dictionary

  • dumb — dumb1 [ dʌm ] adjective * 1. ) INFORMAL stupid: She s so dumb she can t even figure out her answering machine. You gave him your phone number? That was a dumb thing to do. a ) play/act dumb to pretend to not know or understand something: Don t… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dumb — adj. 1 unable to speak VERBS ▪ be ▪ become, be struck ▪ They were struck dumb with amazement. PREPOSITION ▪ with …   Collocations dictionary

  • dumb — dumb1 S3 [dʌm] adj [: Old English;] 1.) informal stupid ▪ What a dumb question. ▪ a bunch of dumb kids ▪ What is it? I asked, playing dumb (=pretending to be stupid) . ▪ She s no dumb blonde (=a pretty woman with blonde hair who seems stupid) . 2 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dumb — adj. 1 a (of a person) unable to speak, usu. because of a congenital defect or deafness. b (of an animal) naturally unable to speak (our dumb friends). 2 silenced by surprise, shyness, etc. (struck dumb by this revelation). 3 taciturn or reticent …   Useful english dictionary

  • dumb — [[t]dʌ̱m[/t]] dumber, dumbest 1) ADJ Someone who is dumb is completely unable to speak. ...a young deaf and dumb man. Syn: mute 2) ADJ: v link ADJ If someone is dumb on a particular occasion, they cannot speak because they are angry, shocked, or… …   English dictionary

  • dumb — [[t]dʌm[/t]] adj. er, est, v. usage: dumb in the sense “lacking the power of speech” is offensive when applied to humans (but not animals), probably because the word also means “stupid; dull witted.” The noun dummy in the sense “a person who… …   From formal English to slang

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