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Meaning of deaf by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old English dēaf, from Proto-Germanic *daubaz .


    • IPA: /dɛf/
    • Rhymes: -ɛf
    • Homophone: Deaf, def


    deaf ( comparative deafer, superlative deafest )

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

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    1. Deaf people considered as a group .

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    • IPA: /dæːaf/


    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” ) .



    1. deaf

Explanation of deaf by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make or render deaf

    2. a deafening noise
    1. lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing wholly or in part

    2. unwilling or refusing to pay heed

    3. deaf to her warnings
    1. people who have severe hearing impairments

    2. many of the deaf use sign language

    Definition of deaf by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. Deaf ( ?; 277 ), v. t. To deafen. [Obs.] Dryden.