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.
- deaf-muteness, deaf-mutism, noun
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How to use deaf-mute in a sentence
When I auditioned for my high school musical, Carnival, they cast me as a deaf-mute.
It is the work of a deaf-mute, 212 Flix Martin, well named, for he is most happy in this work.The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume I (of 2) | Benjamin Ellis Martin
His interest in two deaf-mute sisters led him to his life-work.The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume I (of 2) | Benjamin Ellis Martin
Then, pretending to be a deaf-mute, he would go among them to learn something of their customs and pick up the language.Flight From Tomorrow | Henry Beam Piper
The fourth day it happened that the deaf mute paid his accustomed visit, after which Prince Dolor's spirits rose.The Little Lame Prince | Dinah Maria Mulock
Get out of the tower he could not; the ladder the deaf mute used was always carried away again and his food was nearly gone.The Little Lame Prince | Dinah Maria Mulock
British Dictionary definitions for deaf-mute
unable to hear or speak
- deaf-muteness or deaf-mutism, noun
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