The word "dumb" is very similar to the word "stupid."
- That’s a dumb idea. / That’s a stupid idea.
- He’s dumb. / He’s stupid.
- Don’t be so dumb.
- Why is he so dumb?
- He’s the dumbest person I’ve ever met. (The word "dumb" is in the superlative form in this sentence.)
- He’s a dumb dumb. (Sometimes this word is repeated when describing a person.)
- The people who made those decisions sure were dumb.
There are some expressions that include the word "dumb."
- I was dumbstruck by the amount of food that was thrown away. (dumbstruck = very surprised)
- The teacher tried to dumb down the test so that most students would pass it. (dumb down = make something easier)
- Jose says his boss is dumb as a box of rocks. (dumb as a box of rocks = very stupid)
- Don’t play dumb with me. (play dumb = pretend not to know something)
Note: The "b" at the end of "dumb" is silent.
September 6, 2018