Adjective "deaf" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Lacking the power of hearing or having impaired hearing.
  1. 'deaf children'
  2. 'Thorn Park School is a day special school for deaf and partially hearing children from two to sixteen years of age.'
  3. 'In the meantime I continue to consider training as a teacher of the deaf, though without any actual action on my part.'
  4. 'Matthew led a sponsored cycle ride to help to buy a hearing dog for a profoundly deaf teacher at the college.'
  5. 'He was not taught to sign at his school for the deaf and was instead taught to adapt to the hearing world by lip reading.'
  6. 'He is profoundly deaf and uses hearing aids until he can have a cochlea implant later this year.'
  7. 'Severely deaf children cannot hear their own voices.'
  8. 'I turned the volume down some so I wouldn't go completely deaf.'
  9. 'Education Bradford is proposing to teach more deaf children in the district's mainstream schools.'
  10. 'If you're talking to a deaf person and a hearing person, don't just focus on the hearing person.'
  11. 'Budgie is a hearing dog for the deaf and was brought in for assembly by his owner Tracy Lewis, who lives in the town.'
  12. 'It may be that I've been deaf to the roar of protest that has met this authoritarian and intrusive measure.'
  13. 'Why don't they take these blind, deaf and dumb politicians of their community to task?'
  14. 'As I said last weekend, it's easy to become deaf to the sirens in Hackney.'
  15. 'All these people are completely deaf to the pleas of business.'
  16. 'At this stage he's practically deaf to the cursing that fills the dressing room.'
  17. 'Will it also turn deaf to their pleas and allow the demolition of the secular order?'
  18. 'He is not for turning; he is deaf to reason.'
  19. 'Downing Street seems determined to remain deaf to all these voices of reason.'
  20. 'Such was the constant buzzing around our ears that at first we were deaf to the sound of inbound propellers.'
  21. 'I winced in pain, so distracted by his intensity that I was deaf to the clunking of boots on the concrete floor.'


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.

3. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Deaf or their cultural community: Deaf customs and values. noun, (used with a plural verb)

4. deaf persons collectively (usually preceded by the): social services for the deaf.

5. (initial capital letter) deaf persons who identify

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be deaf in ears."

"people can be deaf at ages."

"governments can be deaf to demands."

"viewers can be deaf of hearings."

"troops can be deaf with silences."

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Old English dēaf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch doof and German taub, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek tuphlos ‘blind’.


(as) deaf as a post
fall on deaf ears
turn a deaf ear