dumb + -ness
dumbness (usually uncountable, plural dumbnesses)
- 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.
- 1611 Shakespeare, William [first known show: 15 May 1611; posthumous publication: 1623], Winter's Tale, Act 5, Scene 2:
- There was speech in their dumbness.
- Show or gesture without words; pantomime; dumb-show.
- 1623 Shakespeare, William [posthumous publication], Timon of Athens, Act 1, Scene 1:
- To the dumbness of the gesture one might interpret.
- (informal) The quality of being stupid or foolish.