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Meaning of DEAF

Pronunciation:  def

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  people who have severe hearing impairments; "many of the deaf use sign language"
  2. [adj]  lacking or deprive of the sense of hearing wholly or in part
  3. [v]  make or render deaf

DEAF is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: deaf as a post, deaf to(p), deaf-and-dumb, deafen, deafened, deaf-mute, hard-of-hearing, hearing-impaired, inattentive, profoundly deaf, stone-deaf, tone-deaf, unhearing, unheeding, unlistening(a)
 Antonyms: hearing(a)
 See Also: deaf person, desensitise, desensitize, people



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Deaf\ (?; 277), a. [OE. def, deaf, deef, AS. de['a]f; akin
    to D. doof, G. taub, Icel. daufr, Dan. d["o]v, Sw. d["o]f,
    Goth. daubs, and prob. to E. dumb (the original sense being,
    dull as applied to one of the senses), and perh. to Gr. ?
    (for ?) blind, ? smoke, vapor, folly, and to G. toben to
    rage. Cf. {Dum}b.]
    1. Wanting the sense of hearing, either wholly or in part;
       unable to perceive sounds; hard of hearing; as, a deaf
             Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf. --Shak.
    2. Unwilling to hear or listen; determinedly inattentive;
       regardless; not to be persuaded as to facts, argument, or
       exhortation; -- with to; as, deaf to reason.
             O, that men's ears should be To counsel deaf, but
             not to flattery!                      --Shak.
    3. Deprived of the power of hearing; deafened.
             Deaf with the noise, I took my hasty flight.
    4. Obscurely heard; stifled; deadened. [R.]
             A deaf murmur through the squadron went. --Dryden.
    5. Decayed; tasteless; dead; as, a deaf nut; deaf corn. [Obs.
       or Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
             If the season be unkindly and intemperate, they
             [peppers] will catch a blast; and then the seeds
             will be deaf, void, light, and naught. --Holland.
    {Deaf and dumb}, without the sense of hearing or the faculty
       of speech. See {Deaf-mute}.
  2. \Deaf\ (?; 277), v. t.
    To deafen. [Obs.] --Dryden.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are deaf indicates that you are feeling secluded from the world, You may be closing yourself off from new experiences or shutting yourself out. Dreaming that someone else is deaf, suggests that someone close to you is withdrawn.
Thesaurus Terms
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