1. (US, also numbs) blind drunk; occas. intoxicated by drugs.
|in Wisconsin Mag. of Hist. 62 240: I’m not saying that the stuff is non-intoxicating, for one can get ‘numb’ on it [HDAS].|
|Man with the Golden Arm 46: The customers come here to get numb off Schlitz.|
|Scrambled Yeggs 57: ‘What are you trying to do, woman?’ I asked her, ‘get me drunk?’ ‘No, silly. I don’t know; I just feel like getting a little stupid. Numb.’.|
|Triggerfish Twist (2002) 87: ‘How do you feel?’ asked Bernie. Coleman looked slowly around the room. ‘[...] numb, paralyzed, wired, [...].’.|
2. (US, also numbass, numbfuck) stupid.
|On the Yard (2002) 160: He’s supposed to be a schooled hustler, down with all games, so how come he lets a bunch of numb-brained fuzz catch him time after time?|
|Third Ear n.p.: numb adj. dumb; stupid.|
|Maine Lingo 192: Numb—A mild version of dumb, in the sense of somewhat stupid. [...] Physical numbness, transferred to intelligence, is suggested by ‘as numb as a pounded thumb.’ A Mainer might call somebody dumb behind his back, but to his face he’d use numb: ‘You seem a little numb about learnin’ how to do that!’ .|
|Stand (1990) 1145: He threw Raphael, Donatello, and their numbfuck buddies across the store.|
|It (1987) 112: But the numb cunt he was married to was still on the phone.|
|Dreamcatcher 116: Jumping up and down now like one of those numbass bootscooters on the The Nashville Network, feeling like a jerk.|
SE in slang uses
(US) a fool, a simpleton.
|Black Cat Club 90: ‘Chop down de tree! [...] you nummies!’ yells Uncle Ephum.|
|‘Essence, Ltd’ Fringewood News SciFi #3.10 [Internet] ‘So it does. But let me warn you, the potions that I’m selling are not toys.’ ‘I realize that. I’m not a numby or a dummy.’.|
(US) a fool.
|Journal 2 Sept. in New Eng. Qly (1930) 3 314: We are about sending her to school, but Mr Burr is expecting that she will prove a numbhead .|
|Petition Against Tractorising Trumpery 90: To rattle like a roll of vellum, And occiput of every numhead To sound as loud as kettle-drum head.|
|Sam Sly 19 May 3/2: We advise that numhead of a fellow, R. R., Osborne-street, not to sell ha’porth’s of treacle on a Sunday afternoon.|
|Gallipolis Jrnl (OH) 16 Dec. 1/8: Don’t you know any thing, you numb-head you?|
|Iola Register (KS) 23 Apr. 8/5: He told the spinster that she was a gone-by old numb-head.|
|Bourbon News (Millersburg, KY) 30 May 4/3: While the lean and scraggy ones [i.e. girls] were the choice, the numbheads were chasing after them.|
|Burlington Wkly Free Press (VT) 4 Aug. 6/4: The silly law which the numheads in the Legislature succeeded in putting on the statute books.|
|Maine Lingo 192: Numb—A mild version of dumb, in the sense of somewhat stupid. A numb-head doesn’t know enough to come in out of the rain.|
|Dict. Popular Sl.|
|Album Zone [Internet] We don’t need some numbhead who knows damn all about musical history telling us what to play, or say.|
|Widow Bedott Papers (1863) 97–8: The old coot was so awful numbheaded I couldn’t beat anythin’ into him.|
|Electra 293: One of those spells of numbheadedness which came upon him often of late.|
(Aus.) foolish, stupid.
|How to Shoot Friends 120: I gave Anita a pile of mail written to me by Renée to support my numbnut idea that she was a friend.|
|Chopper 4 43: He actually won the fight, punching ten shades of shit of the numbnut dago.|
1. (US) an idiot, a fool; usu. as a term of address.
|in Current Sl. IV:3-4 (1970).|
|On High Steel 92: Change the subject, numbnuts.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 199: Yeah, numb-nuts?|
|(con. c.1970) Phantom Blooper 18: What is your major malfunction, numbnuts? How long will it take me to forget your name?|
|Skinny Dip 195: Stranahan waved. ‘Over here, numbnuts!’.|
|Drawing Dead [ebook] Watch it numb nuts . . . you almost took my fucking head off.|
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 75: ‘The audience? Full of numbnuts. They’re the ones who reckon blondes are dummies’.|
2. in attrib. use of sense 1.
|Eddie’s World 201: You and that numb-nuts cousin of yours.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 34: I was thrown out of the club for calling the night manager a crude, numbwit ass.letter 12 Dec. in|