Definition of


  1. (noun, group) people who have severe hearing impairments
  2. (verb, perception) make or render deaf
  3. (adj, all) lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing wholly or in part
  4. (adj, all) (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed

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Synonyms of Deaf

deafen, indifferent

Antonyms of Deaf


Alternate forms of Deaf

Derivations: deaf, deafness

Hypernyms: desensitise, desensitize, people

Origin of the word Deaf

  1. O.E. deaf "deaf, dull, obtuse," specialized from P.Gmc. *daubaz, from PIE dheubh-, which was used to form words meaning "confusion, stupefaction, dizziness" (cf. Gk. typhlos "blind). The word was pronounced to rhyme with reef until 18c. Deaf-mute is from 1837, after Fr. sourd-muet. Deaf-mutes were sought after in 18c.-19c. Britai… more

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Words that sound like Deaf

dab, daba, daffo, dative, daub, davy, day off, dayboy, db, dba, deb, deep, defoe, defy, deify, devi, dhava, die off, dip, diva, dive, divvy, divvy up, do by, do up, doff, doo-wop, doob, dopa, dope

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