• The state of being dumb or mute: that is, of not communicating vocally, whether from selective mutism (refusal to speak) or from an inability to speak.
  • Muteness, silence; abstention from speech.
  • Show or gesture without words; pantomime; dumb-show.
  • The quality of being stupid or foolish.


  • From Middle English dombenesse, from Old English dumbnes; equivalent to dumb + -ness. Cognate with Old Frisian dumbnisse.

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