- partially or wholly lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing; unable to hear.
- refusing to listen, heed, or be persuaded; unreasonable or unyielding: deaf to all advice.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Deaf or their cultural community: Deaf customs and values.
- deaf persons collectively (usually preceded by the): social services for the deaf.
- (initial capital letter) deaf persons who identify themselves as members of a community composed of deaf persons and others who share in their culture (usually preceded by the).
Origin of deaf
Related Words for deaferstrong-willed, oblivious, indifferent, headstrong, obstinate, bullheaded, intractable, mulish, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, stubborn, unaware, unconcerned, unmoved, self-willed
Examples from the Web for deafer
Historical Examples of deafer
But no, of course she don't—deafer and deafer, deafer and deafer every day.
No, oh, no; for then she would be deafer and dumber and blinder than she was before.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
But no, of course she dont—deafer and deafer, deafer and deafer every day.Recollections of a Policeman
William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)
He has a very bad cold, and could not get up till the afternoon, and he is deafer than ever.The Three Brides
Charlotte M. Yonge
"Darn me if I'm not gettin' deafer every day," was the reply.The Mysterious Rider
- partially or totally unable to hear
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the deaf See also tone-deaf
- refusing to heeddeaf to the cries of the hungry
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.
- Partially or completely lacking in the sense of hearing.
- Deaf Of or relating to the Deaf or their culture.
- Deaf people considered as a group.
- Deaf The community of deaf people who use American Sign Language as a primary means of communication.
In addition to the idiom beginning with deaf
- deaf as a post
- fall on deaf ears
- stone deaf
- turn a deaf ear