- 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
Examples from the Web for deafness
Thousands of other children suffered seizures, permanent brain damage or deafness.A Fully Vaccinated Woman Contracted and Then Spread Measles. WTF?
April 15, 2014
For me, deafness opened up new worlds, rather than the other way around.This Is What It Is Like To Be Deaf From Birth
December 23, 2013
Where deafness and infertility and all manner of other impairments are far more common.Worried About Incurable Tuberculosis? Stand By for Incurable Everything.
March 12, 2013
Her deafness was always a source of pride, but here she is forced to see how deaf individuals can be robbed of their own agency.ABC Family’s ‘Switched at Birth’ ASL Episode Recalls Gallaudet Protest
February 28, 2013
When he looked up, he wore puzzled frowns; there were lapses of memory, prolonged bewildered silences and moments of deafness.Wendi to the Rescue
July 20, 2011
After all, Silence is only man's confession of his deafness.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
But except for the felicitous pretense of deafness I had not tried to pretend anything.The Secret Sharer
The malady of the Treasury benches is deafness, with a touch of blindness.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
No matter what the degree of deafness may be do not neglect to see a physician about it.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
His voice was heavy and his deafness was reflected in the strained tone.Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
- 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 and History for deafness
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.
- The lack or loss of the ability to hear.
- 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.
- The lack or severe impairment of the ability to hear. Deafness is usually genetic or congenital as a result of prenatal viral infection, birth trauma, or other causes. Acquired deafness is caused mostly by drug toxicity, trauma, and certain diseases. Cochlear implants are used to treat some forms of deafness.
Idioms and Phrases with deafness
In addition to the idiom beginning with deaf
- deaf as a post
- fall on deaf ears
- stone deaf
- turn a deaf ear