from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Partially or completely lacking in the sense of hearing.
- adj. Of or relating to the Deaf or their culture.
- adj. Unwilling or refusing to listen; heedless: was deaf to our objections.
- n. Deaf people considered as a group. Used with the.
- n. The community of deaf people who use American Sign Language as a primary means of communication. Used with the.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not having the faculty of hearing, or only partially able to hear.
- n. Deaf people considered as a group.
- v. To deafen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Wanting the sense of hearing, either wholly or in part; unable to perceive sounds; hard of hearing.
- adj. Unwilling to hear or listen; determinedly inattentive; regardless; not to be persuaded as to facts, argument, or exhortation; -- with to.
- adj. Deprived of the power of hearing; deafened.
- adj. Obscurely heard; stifled; deadened.
- adj. Decayed; tasteless; dead
- transitive v. To deafen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lacking the sense of hearing; insensible to sounds.
- Unable to hear, or to hear clearly, in consequence of some defect or obstruction in the organs of hearing; defective in ability to perceive or discriminate sounds; dull of hearing: as, a deaf man; to be deaf in one ear.
- Refusing to listen or to hear; unwilling to regard or give heed; unmoved or unpersuaded; insensible: as, deaf to entreaty; deaf to all argument or reason.
- Lacking sharpness or clearness; dull; stifled; obscurely heard; confused.
- Barren; sterile; blasted: as, deaf land; deaf corn.
- To make deaf; deprive of hearing; deafen; stun with noise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed
- adj. lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing wholly or in part
- n. people who have severe hearing impairments
- v. make or render deaf
Middle English def, deef, from Old English dēaf.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English dēaf, from Proto-Germanic *daubaz. (Wiktionary)