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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English tumben, tomben, from Old English tumbian(to tumble, leap, dance), from Proto-Germanic *tūmōną(to turn round). Cognate with Middle High German tumen(to turn round), Icelandic tumba(to tumble). See tumble.

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VerbEdit

tumb ‎(third-person singular simple present tumbs, present participle tumbing, simple past and past participle tumbed)

  1. (intransitive, archaic) To tumble; jump; dance.

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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed in the 19th century from written Middle High German [Term?] tump, from Old High German tumb. The inherited form of this word is dumm (Central and Low German) alongside tumm (Upper German; archaic).

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AdjectiveEdit

tumb ‎(comparative tumber, superlative am tumbsten or am tumbesten)

  1. (rare, literary, dated) simple-minded; naive; oafish

Old High GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *dumbaz, whence also Old Saxon dumb, Old English dumb, Old Norse dumbr, Gothic 𐌳𐌿𐌼𐌱𐍃(dumbs). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeubʰ-.

AdjectiveEdit

tumb

  1. dumb
  2. stupid

DescendantsEdit

  • German: tumb; dumm (influenced by Central and Low German)