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deaf

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adjective \ˈdef, dial ˈdēf\

Simple Definition of deaf

  • : not able to hear

  • : not willing to listen to or consider something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deaf

  1. 1 :  lacking or deficient in the sense of hearing

  2. 2 :  unwilling to hear or listen :  not to be persuaded <was overwrought and deaf to reason>

deafish

play \ˈde-fish\ adjective

deafly

adverb

deafness

noun

Examples of deaf in a sentence

  1. He has been deaf since birth.

  2. She's completely deaf in her right ear.

  3. He's going a little deaf so you'll have to speak up.



Origin and Etymology of deaf

Middle English deef, from Old English dēaf; akin to Greek typhlos blind, typhein to smoke, Latin fumus smoke — more at fume


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with deaf

chef, clef, ef, f, kef, lev, ref, teff



DEAF Defined for Kids

deaf

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adjective \ˈdef\

Definition of deaf for Students

  1. 1 :  wholly or partly unable to hear

  2. 2 :  unwilling to hear or listen <She was deaf to all suggestions.>

deafness

noun



Medical Dictionary

deaf

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adjective \ˈdef\

Medical Definition of deaf

  1. :  lacking or deficient in the sense of hearing

deafness

noun



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