how to pronounce dumb


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dumb is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of dumb in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and I felt really dumb every day I felt …”

meanings of dumb


  1. Extremely stupid.
  2. Silent; unaccompanied by words.
  3. Unable to speak; lacking power of speech (kept in "deaf, dumb, and blind").
  4. Lacking brightness or clearness, as a colour.
  5. Pointless, foolish, lacking intellectual content or value.


  1. To reduce the intellectual demands of.
  2. To make stupid.
  3. To represent as stupid.
  4. To silence.

dumb frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word dumb occurs in english on average 16.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics dumb can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that dumb can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to dumb


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