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dumbly

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv dumbly in an inarticulate manner "I nodded dumbly and he slit the envelope"
    • adv dumbly in a stupid manner "he had so rapaciously desired and so obtusely expected to find her alone"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Dumbly In silence; mutely.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dumbly Mutely; silently; without speech or sound.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Dumbly in silence: mutely
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dumb; Ger. dumm, stupid, Dut. dom.

Usage

In literature:

Jim, with averted face, watched the waves dumbly.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
He seemed to have made his final effort, and now stood staring dumbly at her.
"The Lowest Rung" by Mary Cholmondeley
He stared wide-eyed at Mr. Perkins, questioning him dumbly, pathetically.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
As he sat thus, with one hand hanging limply over the back of the chair, he felt something touch it softly, dumbly, as a dog might.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
Two by two they marched dumbly behind the Benjamins and the Bryces.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
He refused the panacea dumbly, and made, still feebly, for the parsley patch.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
As Mr. Tim had done, she stared dumbly for a moment; then, leaving the rest of the introductions to her father, she ran toward them.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
She followed her master dumbly.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
Dumbly, Barbara clutched the window-sill.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
He sat staring at her dumbly, wondering if he were awake or dreaming.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
She writhed away from him, silent in her rage and fear and fighting dumbly.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
The girls ceased screaming and stood looking on dumbly, unable to understand what had happened.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
I pointed dumbly at Evans.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
It told him dumbly that she did want, very much, to please him; but that she knew her place.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
We did not look at each other or discuss the thing, we just accepted it, and stared dumbly at it like animals.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
She stares dumbly into its glistening eyes that look like coals of fire in the dark.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
The two men stared dumbly as they listened.
"In Our Town" by William Allen White
He looked at her dumbly with eyes full of pain and confusion.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
My lady had me follow her on Dumble, th' white nag, with a pat o' butter and some wine.
"A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales" by Amelie Rives
He had not meant us to take it dumbly.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
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In poetry:

"To all who dumbly suffered,
His tongue and pen he offered;
His life was not his own,
Nor lived for self alone.
"An Autograph" by John Greenleaf Whittier
How long, O my God, shall I wait Thee in vain?
How long shall Thy people in exile remain?
Shall the sheep ever shorn never utter their pain
But dumbly through all go on waiting?
"God And Israel" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
The evening deepens, and the gray
Folds closer earth and sky;
The world seems shrouded far away;
Its noises sleep, and I,
As secret as yon buried stream,
Plod dumbly on, and dream.
"Snow" by Archibald Lampman
Then came the War Time. When its shadow beckoned
He had walked dumbly where the flag had led
Through swamp and fen,--unknown, unpraised, unreckoned,--
To famine, fever, and a prison bed.
"The Station-Master Of Lone Prairie" by Francis Bret Harte
Was the sun lost? Were all the sweet stars dim
While God raised round your head those walls of light?
Were you locked dumbly, terribly with Him,
Within that burning temple day and night?
"Annunciation" by Muriel Stuart
On evening lea unearth long sighs,
The lingering testament of their pain;
Tear open the sepulchred acre till they rise
And call Peace hypocrite, who dumbly stain
With blood her pastoral skies.
"Pastoral" by Lilian Bowes Lyon

In news:

Dumble 's ASU proteges take center stage.
Inside, a school of scarlet fish stare dumbly out from their dim tank, and a bubbling glass raceway teeming with prawns runs just below the ceiling.
Houston police said the Cash America Pawn shop in the 1600 block of Dumble was held up about 9:45 a.m.
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