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deaf

[ def ]SEE DEFINITION OF deaf
  • adj.without hearing
  • adj.unwilling

Synonyms for deaf

  • deafened
  • earless
  • hard of hearing
  • stone deaf
  • unable to hear
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Antonyms for deaf

  • attentive
  • aware
  • conscious
  • hearing
  • listening
  • willing
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEAF

First the blind, then the deaf and the dumb, then the halt and the lame—and so on.

There were dozens, perhaps hundreds, of them; I am not deaf.

A blind man can form no notion of colours; a deaf man of sounds.

Vargrave was talking to the deaf; what cared Maltravers for the world?

Man-like, hot with the ardor of the chase, he was deaf and blind to all else.

Amazement possessed her that the world could be so full of joy to which she had long been deaf.

But they, deaf alike to the song and the sorcery, rowed harder than ever.

But it was too late; Lady Anne was deaf and blind with passion.

A deaf person had heard, a mute had spoken, a consumptive had revived!

But you, my dear Olivia, will not be deaf to the warning voice of common sense.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English deaf "deaf," also "empty, barren," specialized from Proto-Germanic *daubaz (cf. Old Saxon dof, Old Norse daufr, Old Frisian daf, Dutch doof "deaf," German taub, Gothic daufs "deaf, insensate"), from PIE dheubh-, which was used to form words meaning "confusion, stupefaction, dizziness" (cf. Greek typhlos "blind).

The word was pronounced to rhyme with reef until 18c. Deaf-mute is from 1837, after French sourd-muet. Deaf-mutes were sought after in 18c.-19c. Britain as fortune-tellers. Deaf as an adder (Old English) is from Psalms lviii:5.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DEAF

close-minded

adjectiveinflexible
  • blind
  • closed-minded
  • deaf
  • intolerant
  • narrow-minded
  • obstinate
  • pigheaded
  • resistant
  • rigid
  • shortsighted
  • stubborn
  • unpersuadable
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