KJV Dictionary Definition: dumb


DUMB, a. Dum.

1. Mute; silent; not speaking.

I was dumb with silence; I held my peace. Psalm 34.

2. Destitute of the power of speech; unable to utter articulate sounds; as the dumb brutes. The asylum at Hartford in Connecticut was the first institution in America for teaching the deaf and dumb to read and write.

3. Mute; not using or accompanied with speech; as a dumb show; dumb signs.

To strike dumb, is to confound; to astonish; to render silent by astonishment; or it may be, to deprive of the power of speech.

DUMB, v.t. To silence.


DUMBNESS, n. Dumness.

1. Muteness; silence or holding the peace; omission of speech. This is voluntary dumbness.

2. In capacity to speak; inability to articulate sounds. This is involuntary dumbness.