Deaf - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |def|  American pronunciation of the word deaf
Brit.  |def|  British pronunciation of the word deaf


- people who have severe hearing impairments


- make or render deaf(syn: deafen)


- (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed(syn: indifferent)


He has been deaf since birth.

She's completely deaf in her right ear.

He's going a little deaf so you'll have to speak up.

They were deaf to all our pleas.

I think Mum's going a bit deaf.

She's deaf and dumb (=unable to hear or speak) and communicates using sign language.

Tom was born profoundly deaf (=completely deaf).

many of the deaf use sign language

Her parents decided to put her in a special school for deaf children.

He often has to ask people to repeat themselves because he's a little deaf.

He was born deaf and dumb.

...our entreaties to give us another few minutes to answer the test questions fell on deaf ears...

...her training at the school for the deaf imbued her with a sense of purpose that she had never known before...

He is deaf and almost blind with old age.

He is nearly deaf - never picks his ears.

Word forms

comparative: deafer
superlative: deafest
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