- IPA: /dɛf/
- Rhymes: -ɛf
- Homophone: Deaf, def
- IPA: /dæːaf/
From Old English dēaf, from Proto-Germanic *daubaz .
From Proto-Germanic *daubaz, from Indo-European *dheubh- ( “smoky, foggy, dim” ). Germanic cognates include Old Frisian dāf, Old Saxon dōf ( Low German dow ), Old High German toub ( German taub ), Old Norse daufr ( Swedish döv ). The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek τυφλός ( “blind” ) .
Explanation of deaf by Wordnet Dictionary
- Deaf ( dĕf or dēf; 277 ), a. [OE. def, deaf, deef, AS. deáf; akin to D. doof, G. taub, Icel. daufr, Dan. döv, Sw. döf, Goth. daubs, and prob. to E. dumb ( the original sense being, dull as applied to one of the senses ), and perh. to Gr. τυφλός ( for θυφλός ) blind, τῦφος smoke, vapor, folly, and to G. toben to rage. Cf. Dumb.]
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. [R.]
A deaf murmur through the squadron went. Dryden.
5. Decayed; tasteless; dead; as, “a deaf nut; deaf corn.” [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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 ( ?; 277 ), v. t. To deafen. [Obs.] Dryden.
Definition of deaf by GCIDE Dictionary