deaf

adjective
\ˈdef, dialectal ˈdēf\

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

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Other Words from deaf

deafish \ˈde-fish \ adjective
deafly adverb
deafness noun

Examples of deaf in a Sentence

He has been deaf since birth. She's completely deaf in her right ear. He's going a little deaf so you'll have to speak up.
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But even as most people seemed to come down on the side of common sense, there was something mortifyingly tone deaf about the uproar that followed. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Yes, suspending the Saugus athletes was dumb. But there’s something tone deaf about all this," 6 June 2018 As tone deaf as that was, there's reality buried inside it. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "It's time: Allow college athletes to make money off their names," 16 May 2018 Blind and deaf, there was no way for Cook — who lives in Portland, Oregon — to relay his needs other than using sign language. Cathy Free, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Uses Sign Language to Help Deaf & Blind Man on Flight: The 'Best Trip I've Ever Had,' He Says," 27 June 2018 Saturday’s surreal disregard for propriety won’t dent Mickelson’s popularity — not after his tone-deaf comments about taxes and an investigation into insider trading. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Phil Mickelson should be gone but officials turn a blind eye at the U.S. Open | Marcus Hayes," 16 June 2018 Without that treatment, the children become paralyzed, go blind and deaf, suffer painful muscle spasms and ultimately lose the ability to breathe. Patricia Callahan, chicagotribune.com, "7-year-old Kenan, who helped spark a lifesaving change in state procedures, dies from Krabbe disease," 1 June 2018 The Miracle Worker tells the inspiring story of Anne Sullivan's (Bancroft) work to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller (Duke) to communicate. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The 18 Best True Story Movies," 21 May 2018 The only truly terrifying one, a knife-wielding maniac, is an uncomfortable and tone-deaf stereotype of a Mexican gangster that the film could have easily done without. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Gabrielle Union kicks serious butt in violent ‘Breaking In’," 11 May 2018 Every month, the center donates food to Harvester's, and the company gave away science, technology, engineering and math equipment to the state schools for the blind and deaf. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Robotics-heavy Amazon fulfillment center creates 2,000 jobs for humans in KCK | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of deaf

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deaf

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

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More Definitions for deaf

deaf

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of deaf

: not able to hear

: not willing to listen to or consider something

deaf

adjective
\ˈdef \

Kids Definition of deaf

1 : wholly or partly unable to hear

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

Other Words from deaf

deafness noun

deaf

adjective
\ˈdef \

Medical Definition of deaf 

: lacking or deficient in the sense of hearing

Other Words from deaf

deafness noun

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