deaf

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

Definition of deaf

1 : lacking or deficient in the sense of hearing
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 deafish (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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In 2017, the model received backlash for starring in a tone-deaf Pepsi commercial that capitalized on protest movements to sell soda. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Announced She is the New Face of Proactiv, and The Internet Is Unamused," 7 Jan. 2019 Instead, in the event, Mrs. May irritated the EU leaders with a tone-deaf presentation of her plan. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Theresa May, Facing Hard Deadline, Struggles to Navigate Treacherous Brexit Politics," 30 Sep. 2018 Sessions’s tone-deaf approach will further devastate families in those communities. Thabiti Anyabwile, Washington Post, "Overturning Roe v. Wade isn’t worth compromising with Trump, my fellow evangelicals," 28 June 2018 And when the history of this awful American epoch is written, the tone-deaf abdication of fundamental ethics by social media platforms will be an overlay to the disaster. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "David Simon versus Twitter," 24 June 2018 In a seemingly tone-deaf act, Nicki regrammed the video to her own account on Sunday. David Yi, Teen Vogue, "The Chun Li Challenge is the Latest Example of Pop Culture Stereotyping Asian Culture," 27 Apr. 2018 Facebook's tone-deaf manipulation of its members' news feeds, the site's vulnerability to hacking by Russians during the 2016 election and the site's general image of being the Big Brother of American life all engender consumer scorn. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "To stay off 20 Most Hated Companies list, don't overpromise or underdeliver," 16 Feb. 2018 But judged as a serious piece of cinema, Misra’s directing debut is an obstinately tone-deaf misfire full of stock characters, wooden performances, clunky lines and risibly absurd plot twists. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Lies We Tell': Film Review," 30 Jan. 2018 Parents' complaints would fall on deaf ears at the social media giant, forcing them to go through agencies like the Better Business Bureau or even inferring pricey chargeback fees from credit card companies to get some of their money back. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Documents Show Facebook Knowingly Took Money from Unwitting Children," 25 Jan. 2019

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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 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

: lacking or deficient in the sense of hearing

Other Words from deaf

deafness noun

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