One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she stood dumb while he poured out a stream of abuse’
speechless, tongue-tied, wordless, silent, at a loss for words, voiceless, inarticulate, taciturn, uncommunicative, untalkative, tight-lipped, close-mouthed, saying nothing
2‘he was born deaf and dumb’
mute, unable to speak, without the power of speech
technical aphasic, aphonic
3‘he is not as dumb as he wants people to believe’
stupid, unintelligent, ignorant, dense, brainless, mindless, foolish, slow-witted, slow, dull, dull-witted, witless, half-witted, blockish, doltish, dunce-like, simple, simple-minded, empty-headed, vacuous, vapid, idiotic, moronic, imbecilic, cretinous, obtuse, bovine, lumpish
thick, dim, dopey, dippy, dozy, half-baked, slow on the uptake, soft in the head, as thick as two short planks, thickheaded, chuckleheaded, dunderheaded, wooden-headed, fat-headed, thick-skulled, muttonheaded, boneheaded, lamebrained, birdbrained, pea-brained, brain-dead, dead from the neck up
British daft, not the full shilling
South African dof
West Indian dotish
vulgar slang dumb-ass
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