deaf

adjective
\ ˈdef How to pronounce deaf (audio) , dialectal ˈdēf \

Definition of deaf

1 : having total or partial hearing loss deaf people the deaf community also : of or relating to people who have total or partial hearing loss deaf culture deaf education
2 : unwilling to hear or listen : not to be persuaded … when men are determined on mutiny, they are deaf to reason.— Washington Irving

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Other Words from deaf

deafish \ ˈde-​fish How to pronounce deaf (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Starring Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin, Coda is about a child who dreams of pursuing music as the only member of her family who isn’t deaf. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "The Sundance Film Festival is coming to Oak Cliff," 15 Jan. 2021 The Grammy voters largely turned a deaf ear to country in the general categories for record, song, album and best new artist, with the only country nomination in those categories going to Andress for best new artist. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Women Lead the Charge in 2021 Country Grammy Nominations," 24 Nov. 2020 Should those pleas fall on deaf ears, officials warn that the turning of the calendar will bring more pain and suffering to a state already reeling from a year of incalculable loss. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "Ambulance scarcity, long 911 response times: COVID pushes L.A. County to ‘brink of catastrophe’," 31 Dec. 2020 Calls to nominate a Black woman to replace Sen. Kamala Harris fell on deaf ears, as California Gov. Gavin Newsom picked Alex Padilla as the state’s next U.S. senator. Essence, "California Gov. Ignores Calls To Appoint A Black Woman To Replace VP Elect Kamala Harris," 23 Dec. 2020 Those criticisms of the video hosting service have mostly fallen on deaf ears, with the company getting even more aggressive in moderating what content is allowed on its platform. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Ron Paul accuses YouTube of 'censorship' after company removes video of him analyzing Trump rally," 22 Dec. 2020 Brian Hill, the Magic head coach, had warned ownership that Armato was pressuring his client to go for the big-market, multimedia splendor of Hollywood, but his cries fell upon deaf ears. Jeff Pearlman, orlandosentinel.com, "An inside look at Shaq’s jump from Magic to Lakers," 21 Dec. 2020 And her warnings fell on deaf ears inside the West Wing. Anchorage Daily News, "The inside story of how Trump’s denial, mismanagement and magical thinking led to the pandemic’s dark winter," 20 Dec. 2020 Yes, Ruben will bond with the other residents (played by people who are deaf in real life, some with addiction issues). Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Riz Ahmed is terrific as a drummer losing his hearing in Amazon Prime's 'Sound of Metal'," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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“Deaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deaf. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce deaf (audio) \

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 How to pronounce deaf (audio) \

Medical Definition of deaf

: having total or partial hearing loss deaf adults also : of or relating to people who have total or partial hearing loss deaf education

Other Words from deaf

deafness noun

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