deaf-and-dumb

[ def-uh n-duhm ]
/ ˈdɛf ənˈdʌm /

adjective Offensive.

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Origin of deaf-and-dumb

1150–1200; Middle English def and doumb

usage note for deaf-and-dumb

See dumb.
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British Dictionary definitions for deaf-and-dumb

deaf-and-dumb
/ offensive /

adjective

unable to hear or speak

noun

a deaf person without speech

usage for deaf-and-dumb

Using deaf-and-dumb to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive, and should be avoided. The phrase profoundly deaf is a suitable alternative in many contexts
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