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
deafishplay \ˈde-fish\ adjective
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.
Origin and Etymology 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
DEAF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deaf for English Language Learners
: not able to hear
: not willing to listen to or consider something
DEAF Defined for Kids
Definition of deaf for Students
1 : wholly or partly unable to hear
2 : unwilling to hear or listen She was deaf to all suggestions.
Medical Definition of deaf
: lacking or deficient in the sense of hearing
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up deaf? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).