Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Noting a person who, owing to the loss of the sense of hearing, has lost also to a great extent the faculty of speech, or who, owing to congenital deafness, has never perfectly acquired that faculty.
  • noun A person thus affected.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A semimute person.
  • adjective Having the faculty of speech but imperfectly developed or partially lost.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having the faculty of speech either imperfectly developed or partially lost.
  • noun One who has the faculty of speech either imperfectly developed or partially lost.

Etymologies

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semi- +‎ mute

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