deaf-and-dumb

deaf-and-dumb

[def-uhn-duhm]
adjective Offensive.
deaf-mute ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English def and doumb


See dumb.
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deaf-and-dumb
 
adj
1.  unable to hear or speak
 
n
2.  a deaf person without speech
 
usage  Using deaf-and-dumb to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive, and should be avoided. The phrase profoundly deaf is a suitable alternative in many contexts

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