{{11}}numb (adj.) c.1400, nome, "deprived of motion or feeling," lit. "taken, seized," from pp. of nimen "to take, seize," from O.E. niman "to take, catch, grasp" (see NIMBLE (Cf. nimble)). The extraneous -b (to conform to COMB (Cf. comb), LIMB (Cf. limb), etc.) appeared 17c. The notion is of being "taken" with palsy, shock, and especially cold. Figurative use from 1560s.
{{12}}numb (v.) 1550s, from NUMB (Cf. numb) (adj.). Related: Numbed; numbing.

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