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numb (adj.)

c. 1400, nome, "deprived of motion or feeling, powerless to feel or act," literally "taken, seized," from past participle of nimen "to take, seize," from Old English niman "to take, catch, grasp" (from PIE root *nem- "assign, allot; take"). The unetymological -b (to conform to comb, limb, etc.) appeared 17c. The notion is of being "taken" with palsy, shock, and especially cold. Figurative use is from 1560s.

numb (v.)

"to make numb, deprive of sensation or power of movement," 1550s (implied in numbed), from numb (adj.). Related: Numbing.

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Definitions of numb
1
numb (adj.)
lacking sensation;
numb with cold
Synonyms: asleep / benumbed
numb (adj.)
(followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive;
numb to the cries for mercy
Synonyms: dead
numb (adj.)
so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; petrified;
too numb with fear to move
2
numb (v.)
make numb or insensitive;
The shock numbed her senses
Synonyms: benumb / blunt / dull
From wordnet.princeton.edu