From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishnumbnumb1 /nʌm/ ●●○ adjective1FEEL HOT/COLD/TIRED ETCa part of your body that is numb is unable to feel anything, for example because you are very coldMy fingers were so numb I could hardly write.The anaesthetic made his whole face go numb.2FEEL HAPPY/FRIGHTENED/BORED ETCunable to think, feel, or react in a normal way syn paralysednumb with shock/fear/terror etcI just sat there, numb with fear. —numbly adverbShe watched numbly as Matt walked away. —numbness noun [uncountable]It caused some numbness in my hand.
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numb• It was so cold my fingers had gone numb.• She ran the water out of the basin and held her wrists under the cold tap until they were numb.• Researchersspeculate that this area becomes overloaded and shuts down eventually, leaving the woman numb and clinically depressed.• He stuck his hands into his pockets, the fingers numb and red.• She felt numb and tired and surprised herself by managing to sleep deeply and well.• Their tastebuds are numb by now.• His legs grew so numb he couldn't move.• She felt numb, unable to respond.go numb• They gave me an injection to make my mouthgo numb.• All through my childhood, my body always seemed to be going numb.• Glover felt how the entirelowerhalf of himself was beginning to go numb.• It is so cold I am going numb.• My feet went numb down on the mud.• His fingers were also going numb from the strain of gripping the rope and taking the weight of his body.• The arm which was trapped beneath Celia gradually went numb, like a partialforetaste of death.• My fingers went numb, my toes, my lips.• My feet and hands get very cold and go numb when I am skiing.numb with shock/fear/terror etc• I was dazed at first - numb with shock.• The doubleblow left the 43-year-old Greasestarnumb with shock.• Robyn sat staring into space, her mind numb with shock and disbelief, total agonising disbelief.• But Highampton is still too numb with shock to voice any realrage.numbnumb2 verb [transitive]1FEEL HOT/COLD/TIRED ETCto make someone unable to feel pain or feel things they are touchingThe cold had numbed her fingers.the numbing effect of the drug2FEEL HAPPY/FRIGHTENED/BORED ETCto make someone unable to think, feel, or react in a normal wayHe was numbed by the shock of his wife’s death.→ See Verb table