people who have severe hearing impairments
"many of the deaf use sign language"
lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing wholly or in part
(usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed
"deaf to her warnings"
make or render deaf
"a deafening noise"
Deaf people considered as a group.
Not having the faculty of hearing, or only partially able to hear.
Of or relating to the culture surrounding deaf users of sign languages.
Origin: From deaf.
wanting the sense of hearing, either wholly or in part; unable to perceive sounds; hard of hearing; as, a deaf man
unwilling to hear or listen; determinedly inattentive; regardless; not to be persuaded as to facts, argument, or exhortation; -- with to; as, deaf to reason
deprived of the power of hearing; deafened
obscurely heard; stifled; deadened
decayed; tasteless; dead; as, a deaf nut; deaf corn
Origin: [OE. def, deaf, deef, AS. def; akin to D. doof, G. taub, Icel. daufr, Dan. dv, Sw. df, Goth. daubs, and prob. to E. dumb (the original sense being, dull as applied to one of the senses), and perh. to Gr. tyflo`s (for qyflo`s) blind, ty^fos smoke, vapor, folly, and to G. toben to rage. Cf. Dumb.]
Deaf, the debut album from J. G. Thirlwell's You've Got Foetus on Your Breath was released in 1981 on Thirlwell's own Self Immolation Records label. Thirsty Ear reissued the album as a CD in 1997 in the US. Both releases were limited editions: only 2,000 copies of the LP and 4,000 copies of the CD were produced. The Deaf LP is Self Immolation #WOMB OYBL 1. The CD re-release is Ectopic Ents #ECT ENTS 012.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
def, adj. dull of hearing: unable to hear at all: not willing to hear: inattentive.—v.t. Deaf′en, to make deaf, partly or altogether: to stun: to render impervious to sound.—n. Deaf′ening, stuffing put into floors, partition-walls, &c. to prevent sounds from passing through.—adv. Deaf′ly.—ns. Deaf′-mute, one who is both deaf and dumb; Deaf′ness. [A.S. deáf; Dut. doof, Ger. taub.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'deaf' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3611
Rank popularity for the word 'deaf' in Adjectives Frequency: #482
The numerical value of deaf in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of deaf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
He who would rule must hear and be deaf, see and be blind.
If thou are a master, be sometimes blind if a servant, sometimes deaf.
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear, and the blind can read.
The pain of dispute exceeds, by much, its utility. All disputation makes the mind deaf, and when people are deaf I am dumb.
Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf. (to a group of deaf children standing next to a Jamaican steel drum band in Wales)
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