Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being dumb (either mute or dim-witted), that is, not communicating vocally, whether from selective mutism or from an inability to speak.
  • n. Muteness, silence; abstention from speech.
  • n. Refusal or unwillingness to speak.
  • n. Show or gesture without words; pantomime; dumb-show.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being dumb; muteness; silence; inability to speak.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Muteness; silence; abstention from speech; absence of sound.
  • n. Incapacity for speaking; inability to utter articulate sounds. See deafness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being mentally slow and limited

Etymologies

dumb +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

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