What does benumb mean?

benumb meaning in General Dictionary

In order to make torpid to rob of sensation or sensibility to stupefy as a hand or base benumbed by cold

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  • make numb or insensitive
  • To make torpid; to deprive of feeling or sensibility; to stupefy; because, a hand or foot benumbed by cold.

benumb meaning in Etymology Dictionary

later 15c., from be- + numb. Originally of mental states; of actual body from 1520s. Related: Benumbed; benumbing.


benumb meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) In order to make torpid; to rob of feeling or sensibility; to stupefy; since, a hand or foot benumbed by cold.