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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Mayfair performance is free and fully accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community, as well as non-English speakers. Terry Byrne, BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2022 Sunday performances will be sign acted for the deaf and hard of hearing. Kathy Cichon, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2022 Open captions will be made accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 That will make the film accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing. Brent Lang, Variety, 30 Mar. 2022 Topics included how technology has enabled better access for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, how CODA has improved visibility of said communities, and how much the film’s cast admires the Carnegie Library workers. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 About a quarter in Disney on Thursday night appeared to be deaf, animatedly waving their hands to applause at the end. Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Ridloff and Cox are both deaf, and the latter additionally is an amputee who uses a prosthetic leg. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2022 There are five on-screen captioned filmed scheduled for the event to make the films accessible for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, have difficulty understanding spoken language, or prefer captions while watching films. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Deaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deaf. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for deaf

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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