Definition of Deaf

1. Noun. People who have severe hearing impairments. "Many of the deaf use sign language"

Generic synonyms: People
Member holonyms: Deaf Person

2. Verb. Make or render deaf. "A deafening noise"
Exact synonyms: Deafen
Generic synonyms: Desensitise, Desensitize

3. Adjective. Lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing wholly or in part.

4. Adjective. (usually followed by 'to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed. "Deaf to her warnings"
Exact synonyms: Indifferent
Similar to: Heedless, Unheeding

Definition of Deaf

1. a. Wanting the sense of hearing, either wholly or in part; unable to perceive sounds; hard of hearing; as, a deaf man.

2. v. t. To deafen.

Definition of Deaf

1. Adjective. Of or relating to the culture surrounding deaf users of sign languages. ¹

2. Adjective. Not having the faculty of hearing, or only partially able to hear. ¹

3. Noun. Deaf people considered as a group. ¹

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Definition of Deaf

1. lacking the sense of hearing [adj DEAFER, DEAFEST]

Medical Definition of Deaf

1. 1. Wanting the sense of hearing, either wholly or in part; unable to perceive sounds; hard of hearing; as, a deaf man. "Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf." (Shak) 2. Unwilling to hear or listen; determinedly inattentive; regardless; not to be persuaded as to facts, argument, or exhortation; with to; as, deaf to reason. "O, that men's ears should be To counsel deaf, but not to flattery!" (Shak) 3. Deprived of the power of hearing; deafened. "Deaf with the noise, I took my hasty flight." (Dryden) 4. Obscurely heard; stifled; deadened. "A deaf murmur through the squadron went." (Dryden) 5. Decayed; tasteless; dead; as, a deaf nut; deaf corn. "If the season be unkindly and intemperate, they [peppers] will catch a blast; and then the seeds will be deaf, void, light, and naught." (Holland) Deaf and dumb, without the sense of hearing or the faculty of speech. See Deaf-mute. Origin: OE. Def, deaf, deef, AS. Deaf; akin to D. Doof, G. Taub, Icel. Daufr, Dan. Dov, Sw. Dof, Goth. Daubs, and prob. To E. Dumb (the original sense being, dull as applied to one of the senses), and perh. To Gr. (for) blind, smoke, vapor, folly, and to G. Toben to rage. Cf. Dumb. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Deaf

deae ex machinis
deaf (current term)
deaf-and-dumb person
deaf and dumb
deaf as a doorpost
deaf as a post
deaf person
deaf to(p)

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