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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Their missions are diverse, from empowering parents and teachers to improving schools, to ensuring that deaf children have equal access to literacy tools, to changing the way the health care system treats addictions. Lolly Bowean, chicagotribune.com, "Obama introduces first group of his foundation's fellows," 16 May 2018 Rachel Shenton, who accepted the Best Live Action Short Film award for her short film, The Silent Child, did her best to sign along in British Sign Language in honor of the 6-year-old star of the film, which is about a deaf child. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Jordan Peele Makes History at Oscars 2018 as First Black Writer to Win Best Original Screenplay," 5 Mar. 2018 My father, at 86 healthier than my mom but nearly deaf, is hollering up the stairs to me about something. Jill Gleeson, Good Housekeeping, "I Don’t Need Meditation Apps. I Need Real, Genuine Solitude.," 14 Jan. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of deaf was before the 12th century

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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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