If you're deaf, you can't hear or have extremely limited hearing abilities. Many people who are deaf communicate using sign language.

Some people are born deaf, while others lose their hearing later in life because of illness or injury. People who have been deaf their whole lives and are actively involved with the deaf community consider deafness a "difference in experience," not a disability. When someone accuses you of being "deaf to" their argument, they mean that you are refusing to pay attention or listen. Until the 18th century, deaf was pronounced so it rhymed with beef.

Definitions of deaf

n people who have severe hearing impairments

“many of the deaf use sign language”
Type of:
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

adj lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing wholly or in part

deaf-and-dumb, deaf-mute
lacking the sense of hearing and the ability to speak
caused to hear poorly or not at all
hard-of-hearing, hearing-impaired
having a hearing loss
deaf as a post, profoundly deaf, stone-deaf, unhearing
totally deaf; unable to hear anything
unable to appreciate music
able to perceive sound
quick-eared, sharp-eared
having keen hearing
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adj (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed

deaf to her warnings”
heedless, unheeding
marked by or paying little heed or attention

v make or render deaf

Type of:
desensitise, desensitize
cause not to be sensitive

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