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Extremely dull and boring. If we have to sit through another mind-numbing lecture today, I'm going to need another cup of coffee!

numb out

1. To become numb to one's emotions or outside sensations as a result some physical or psychological stimulus or trauma. As a way of dealing with my depression and anxiety, I spent several years in college just numbing out with booze and video games. A large portion of the population is just numbing out when it comes to voting because they feel like the system is inherently broken.
2. To cause someone to become numb to their emotions or outside sensations as a result some physical or psychological stimulus or trauma. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "numb" and "out." The loss of my daughter in the accident completely numbed me out for the better part of 10 years. My doctor prescribed this medication to help me cope with my anxiety, but I find that it's been really numbing me out, so I might ask her about going off it for a while.
See also: numb, out

numbed out

Rendered totally numb to emotions or sensations by some physical or psychological stimulus or trauma. My doctor prescribed this medication to help me cope with my anxiety, but I find that it's been making me feel really numbed out. The loss of my child in the accident left me completely numbed out for the better part of 10 years.
See also: numb, out


vulgar slang A buffoon; a foolish, oafish person. "Nuts" is a vulgar slang term for testicles. Ever since that numbnuts took over the company, we've seen our monthly profits continually plummet. Look at this dent! Some numbnuts obviously slammed their door into my car in the parking lot today. You're in the wrong lane, numbnuts! Move mover!

numbed out

mod. nearly paralyzed by phencyclidine (PCP). (Drugs.) The teenager was nearly numbed out when they brought her in.
See also: numb, out


n. a jerk; a worthless person. (Usually a male.) Hey, numbnuts! What did you do that for?
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Ruth--the only other character--is numbly silent through the telling, silent while hypnotically moving the soil on the stage, rubbing salt into animal skins, the burden of an empty baby carrier strapped to her back.
Numbly Harry thought of how the Dursleys had once shut him up, locked him away, kept him out of sight, all for the crime of being a wizard.
20) Baumeister sees this condition as a state in which people numbly and mechanically go about their lives, and in which impulsive and self-destructive behavior becomes more likely.
Behind her, a line stretched for kilometers as women sat numbly in their vehicles, their children playing in the street outside the cars.
Or take Elio Vittorini's abstracted Sicily, with its abstract furies, from Conversazione in Sicilia (Conversations in Sicily, 1941) and compare it with the Sicily of Brancati, represented in a work from the same year, Gli anni perduti (The Lost Years): dreaming, slothful, euphoric, and ill, quarantined from any enthusiasm for progressive politics, but numbly alive.
We might shake our heads in horror or numbly watch at the awful reports.
They were sitting or standing in the bus stop or standing outside shops or passing by and numbly watched me, an innocent small Chinese woman being surrounded by a gang of teenagers and attacked by one of them spraying canned foam at me in broad daylight.
The smell of smoke makes me nauseated & numbly I listen to him revert to the familiar account of how he'd first seen me, he has told me this several times in virtually the same words, I am listening in dismay, in disgust & impatience & when he prepares to leave my apartment at midnight I tell him:
Restructur[ing] our ordinary perception of reality," the investigative lyric dandelion jams the circulation of the familiar "so that we end up seeing the world instead of numbly recognizing it" (Hawkes 62).
His thick skilful butcher's hands, hairy on the backs, gripped the fork numbly.
Possessions somewhat numbly divided--books, furniture and dogs--I unpack and realize I have no cookbook.
Some of them travelled helpless in scaled cattle trucks to places, some stood numbly waiting unarmed in freezing minefields, some also went voluntarily, silent with guns in their hands for clearly they saw their personal place and role in the fighting -- now the angel of freedom guards their great dreams in the night.
Lolling about in this hell, old bird, your beak numbly clacking,
Now try to talk him about Sajid and he numbly asks, " Who?
Guiltily conscious of his own deviance from the community norm, Aaron numbly warns the man of what a visit by the "purity police" would involve.