a gymnastic apparatus consisting of two wooden or metal balls connected by a short bar serving as a handle, used as a weight for exercising.
a stupid person.
(gymnastics, weightlifting) an exercising weight consisting of a single bar with a heavy ball or disc at either end
a small wooden object shaped like this used in dog training for the dog to retrieve
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) a fool
“weighted bar used for exercise,” 1711, originally an apparatus like that used to ring a church bell, but without the bell (hence dumb); used for exercise but sometimes also to practice ringing changes. Figurative sense of “blockhead, stupid person” attested by 1918, American English college slang.
A stupid person; idiot: She’s an awful dumb-bell
[1918+; fr dumbbell, a kind of weightlifter’s barbell, attested from the 1880s]
noun, Astronomy. 1. the planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, which in photographs appears to have the shape of a dumbbell.
noun 1. the undisclosed price set by the owner of something to be auctioned, below which no offer will be accepted.
- Dumb blond
noun a light-haired woman who is stereotyped as beautiful but unintelligent; also written dumb blonde
- Dumb blonde
noun See dumb blond noun phrase A pretty but rather stupid blonde young woman; bimbo, dumb bunny, dumb dora: Robelot’s not just another dumb blonde out there; she’s very aggressive (1950s+)