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deaf

adjective \ˈdef, dial ˈdēf\

: not able to hear

: not willing to listen to or consider something

Full Definition of DEAF

1
:  lacking or deficient in the sense of hearing
2
:  unwilling to hear or listen :  not to be persuaded <was overwrought and deaf to reason>
deaf·ish \ˈde-fish\ adjective
deaf·ly adverb
deaf·ness noun

Examples of DEAF

  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 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

DEAFISH Defined for Kids

deaf

adjective \ˈdef\

Definition of DEAF for Kids

1
:  wholly or partly unable to hear
2
:  unwilling to hear or listen <She was deaf to all suggestions.>
deaf·ness noun
Medical Dictionary

deaf

adjective \ˈdef\

Medical Definition of DEAF

:  lacking or deficient in the sense of hearing
deaf·ness noun

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