adjective, deaf·er, deaf·est.
noun (used with a plural verb)
Origin of deaf
Related Words for deafstrong-willed, oblivious, indifferent, headstrong, obstinate, bullheaded, intractable, mulish, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, stubborn, unaware, unconcerned, unmoved, self-willed
Examples from the Web for deaf
Contemporary Examples of deaf
And in his view, they may be good at policy but have “a deaf ear when it comes to politics.”How Will Cuba Play In Peoria?
December 21, 2014
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
November 24, 2014
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
November 18, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of deaf
First the blind, then the deaf and the dumb, then the halt and the lame—and so on.The Secret Agent
There were dozens, perhaps hundreds, of them; I am not deaf.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
A blind man can form no notion of colours; a deaf man of sounds.
Vargrave was talking to the deaf; what cared Maltravers for the world?Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Man-like, hot with the ardor of the chase, he was deaf and blind to all else.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
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