- The definition of deaf is someone who cannot hear, or someone who chooses not to hear or absorb certain information.
- If you are unable to hear, this is an example of a time when you are described as deaf.
- If you are unwilling to hear any explanations, this is an example of a time when you are deaf to all explanations.
Sign language is used by people who are deaf.
- totally or partially unable to hear
- unwilling to hear or listen; giving no heed: deaf to her pleas
Origin of deafMiddle English def ; from Old English deaf, akin to German taub, Gothic an unverified form daufs ; from Indo-European an unverified form dheubh-, misty, obscured ; from base an unverified form dheu-: see dull
- Partially or completely lacking in the sense of hearing.
- often Deaf Of or relating to the Deaf or their culture.
- Unwilling or refusing to listen; heedless: was deaf to our objections.
noun(used with a pl. verb)
- Deaf people considered as a group. Used with the.
- often Deaf The community of deaf people who use American Sign Language as a primary means of communication. Used with the.
Origin of deafMiddle English def, deef, from Old English dēaf.
(comparative deafer, superlative deafest)
- Unable to hear, or only partially able to hear.
- Unwilling to listen or be persuaded; determinedly inattentive; regardless.
- Those people are deaf to reason.
- Obscurely heard; stifled; deadened.
- Deaf people considered as a group.
(third-person singular simple present deafs, present participle deafing, simple past and past participle deafed)
- (obsolete) To deafen.
From Old English dēaf, from Proto-Germanic *daubaz.
- Of or relating to the culture surrounding deaf users of sign languages.