adjective, deaf·er, deaf·est.
noun (used with a plural verb)
- deadweight tonnage,
- deaf aid,
- deaf as a post,
- deaf without speech,
Origin of deaf
Examples from the Web for deaf
And in his view, they may be good at policy but have “a deaf ear when it comes to politics.”
Bowman claims that she told both her agent and an attorney about the incident, but her allegations fell on deaf ears.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A new reality series spotlights the extent people will go to impress a crush—from pretending to be deaf to committing theft.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love|Kevin Fallon|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Girma is a 26-year-old Harvard Law School graduate—and she is blind and deaf.
Deaf and hard of hearing who wanted to view it could not get access to the talk—it was ridiculous.
One deaf and the other with his head screwed on the right way.The Riddle of the Mysterious Light|Mary E. Hanshew
A Potawatamie, called the Deaf Chief, was present at the late council.Life of Tecumseh, and of His Brother the Prophet|Benjamin Drake
Even to music, the most persuasive of the arts, it was deaf.Young Lives|Richard Le Gallienne
The progress of the deaf mute in any language, even the most simply constructed, is greatly slower than that of the hearing child.
But Lingard was deaf to everything, to everybody, but Athena.Jane Oglander|Marie Belloc Lowndes
- partially or totally unable to hear
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the deaf See also tone-deaf
Word Origin for deaf
Old English deaf "deaf," also "empty, barren," specialized from Proto-Germanic *daubaz (cf. Old Saxon dof, Old Norse daufr, Old Frisian daf, Dutch doof "deaf," German taub, Gothic daufs "deaf, insensate"), from PIE dheubh-, which was used to form words meaning "confusion, stupefaction, dizziness" (cf. Greek typhlos "blind).
The word was pronounced to rhyme with reef until 18c. Deaf-mute is from 1837, after French sourd-muet. Deaf-mutes were sought after in 18c.-19c. Britain as fortune-tellers. Deaf as an adder (Old English) is from Psalms lviii:5.
In addition to the idiom beginning with deaf
- deaf as a post
- fall on deaf ears
- stone deaf
- turn a deaf ear