deaf

adjective \ ˈdef , dialectal ˈdēf \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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

deafish

play \ˈde-fish\ adjective

deafly

adverb

deafness

noun

Examples of deaf in a Sentence

  1. He has been deaf since birth.

  2. She's completely deaf in her right ear.

  3. He's going a little deaf so you'll have to speak up.

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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



DEAF Defined for English Language Learners

deaf

adjective

Definition of deaf for English Language Learners

  • : not able to hear

  • : not willing to listen to or consider something


DEAF Defined for Kids

deaf

adjective \ ˈdef \

Definition of deaf for Students

1 :wholly or partly unable to hear
2 :unwilling to hear or listen
  • She was deaf to all suggestions.

deafness

noun

Medical Dictionary

deaf

adjective \ ˈdef \

medical Definition of deaf

:lacking or deficient in the sense of hearing

deafness

noun


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