WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
deaf /dɛf/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, n. 
adj. 
  1. partly or completely without the sense of hearing:deaf from birth.
  2. [ be + ~ + to] refusing to listen to advice, to be persuaded, or to pay attention to:was deaf to all the advice I gave him.

n. 
  1. the deaf, [plural;
    used with a plural verb
    ] deaf people as a group:The TV show is broadcast with special captions for the deaf.
deaf•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
deaf  (def ),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, n. 
adj. 
  1. partially or wholly lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing; unable to hear.
  2. refusing to listen, heed, or be persuaded;
    unreasonable or unyielding:deaf to all advice.

n. 
  1. Linguistics(used with a pl. v.) deaf persons collectively (usually prec. by the).
deafly, adv. 
deafness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English deef, Old English dēaf; cognate with Middle Low German dōf, Dutch doof, Old High German toub
    Deaf is usually pronounced (def ),USA pronunciation with the vowel of left. In uneducated speech the pronunciation (dēf ),USA pronunciation to rhyme with leaf, is heard, though it is becoming less common.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

deaf /dɛf/ adj
  1. partially or totally unable to hear
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the deaf
    See also tone-deaf
  3. refusing to heed: deaf to the cries of the hungry
Etymology: Old English dēaf; related to Old Norse daufr

ˈdeafness n



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