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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: From the past participle of nim 'to take' (11-19 centuries), from Old English niman

numb

1 adjective
     
numb1
1 a part of your body that is numb is unable to feel anything, for example because you are very cold:
My fingers were so numb I could hardly write.
The anaesthetic made his whole face go numb.
2 unable to think, feel, or react in a normal way
numb with shock/fear/terror etc
I just sat there, numb with fear.
numbly adverb:
She watched numbly as Matt walked away.
numbness noun [uncountable]
It caused some numbness in my hand.

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