What does deaf mean?

Definitions for deafdɛf

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word deaf.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deaf(adj)

    people who have severe hearing impairments

    "many of the deaf use sign language"

  2. deaf(adj)

    lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing wholly or in part

  3. deaf(p), indifferent(p)(verb)

    (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed

    "deaf to her warnings"

  4. deafen, deaf(verb)

    make or render deaf

    "a deafening noise"


  1. deaf(Noun)

    Deaf people considered as a group.

  2. deaf(Adjective)

    Not having the faculty of hearing, or only partially able to hear.

  3. Deaf(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the culture surrounding deaf users of sign languages.

  4. Origin: From deaf.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deaf(adj)

    wanting the sense of hearing, either wholly or in part; unable to perceive sounds; hard of hearing; as, a deaf man

  2. Deaf(adj)

    unwilling to hear or listen; determinedly inattentive; regardless; not to be persuaded as to facts, argument, or exhortation; -- with to; as, deaf to reason

  3. Deaf(adj)

    deprived of the power of hearing; deafened

  4. Deaf(adj)

    obscurely heard; stifled; deadened

  5. Deaf(adj)

    decayed; tasteless; dead; as, a deaf nut; deaf corn

  6. Deaf(verb)

    to deafen

  7. 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.]


  1. Deaf

    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

  1. Deaf

    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.]

Suggested Resources

  1. DEAF

    What does DEAF stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the DEAF acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'deaf' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3611

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'deaf' in Adjectives Frequency: #482


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deaf in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deaf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. American Indian Proverb:

    Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.

  2. American Indian Proverb:

    Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.

  3. James Webb:

    Where principle is involved, be deaf to expediency.

  4. German proverb:

    He who would rule must hear and be deaf, see and be blind.

  5. William Osler:

    Half of us are blind, few of us feel, and we are all deaf.

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