- dumbbell dumb"bell`, dumb-bell dumb"-bell`, n.
An exercising weight, consisting of two spheres or spheroids,
connected by a short bar for a handle; used (often in pairs)
for gymnastic exercise.
Syn: dummy, dope, boob, booby, pinhead. [WordNet 1.5]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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