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noun [countable] humorous dumbphone pronunciation in British English /ˈdʌmˌfəʊn/
  1. 1
    a mobile phone that is not a smartphone (=one which also works as a small computer)

    My wife currently has a dumbphone, so I might get her a smartphone.

  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    a description used for a mobile phone which is not a smartphone (=a mobile phone that also works as a small computer)

    Dumbphones rule the developing world, and at current growth rates, it will be years before smartphones outpace the rest of the market worldwide.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 10/11/2010

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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