deaf-mute

noun
\ ˈdef-ˈmyüt How to pronounce deaf-mute (audio) \
plural deaf-mutes

Definition of deaf-mute

dated, now offensive
: a deaf person who lacks the ability to speak

Note: The term deaf-mute is considered offensive in its implied suggestion that deaf people are not able to communicate.

Other Words from deaf-mute

deaf-mute adjective, dated, now offensive

First Known Use of deaf-mute

circa 1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deaf-mute was circa 1837

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“Deaf-mute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deaf-mute. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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deaf-mute

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deaf-mute

old-fashioned + often offensive : a deaf person who cannot speak

deaf-mute

adjective
\ ˈdef-ˈmyüt How to pronounce deaf-mute (audio) \

Medical Definition of deaf-mute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

dated, now offensive
: lacking the sense of hearing and the ability to speak

Other Words from deaf-mute

deaf-muteness noun, dated, now offensive
deaf-mutism \ -​ˈmyüt-​ˌiz-​əm How to pronounce deaf-mute (audio) \ noun, dated, now offensive

deaf-mute

noun

Medical Definition of deaf-mute (Entry 2 of 2)

dated, now offensive
: a deaf person who lacks the ability to speak

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