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.
Recent Examples of deaf from the Web
The ad, which featured the 21-year-old model easing the tensions of a political protest by handing a police officer a can of soda, was widely criticized for being tone deaf and trivializing movements like Black Lives Matter.
Malzkuhn leads a team at the lab that is giving young deaf children new digital tools to learn to read.
Even though alliance members expected Trump to make a spending pitch, critics said Trump appeared tone deaf by demanding countries spend more without also explicitly reinforcing the U.S. commitment to Article 5.
State education officials had offered the deaf community the town hall meeting on the campus at the School for the Deaf.
Exactly the kind of results achieved with the deaf mice.
AT&T recently announced its Video Relay Service, which provides another option for deaf and hearing-impaired people to communicate with those who can hear.
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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
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