If you're born deaf, the debate about cochlear implants, children and deaf cultural rights will touch your life in some way.
One day, after she had asked me for at least the twentieth time, I turned around and asked her if she was deaf.
Clarke remains a most literal champion of the underdog; her present pet reportedly is a deaf and blind pug named Jack.
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.
Partially or completely lacking in the sense of hearing.
Deaf Of or relating to the Deaf or their culture.
Deaf people considered as a group.
Deaf The community of deaf people who use American Sign Language as a primary means of communication.
[1983+ Black; origin uncertain; perhaps fr black English (Jamaican) pronunciation of death, where the semantics would resemble those of killer, murder, etc; certainly interpreted by many as a shortening of definite]