[ def-myoot ]
/ ˈdɛfˈmyut /
unable to hear and speak.
a person who is unable to hear and speak, especially one in whom inability to speak is due to congenital or early deafness.
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Origin of deaf-mute
1830–40; translation of French sourd-muet
Related formsdeaf-mute·ness, deaf-mut·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deaf-mute
unable to hear or speak
Derived Formsdeaf-muteness or deaf-mutism, noun
Word Origin for deaf-mute
C19: translation of French sourd-muet
Using this word to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive, and should be avoided.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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Medicine definitions for deaf-mute
[ dĕf′myōōt′ ]
A person who can neither hear nor speak. No longer in technical use.
Unable to speak or hear.
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