|1.||mute See also mutism a person who is unable to hear or speak|
|2.||unable to hear or speak|
|[C19: translation of French sourd-muet]|
|usage Using this word to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive, and should be avoided.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|
A person who can neither hear nor speak. No longer in technical use. adj. (děf-myōōt')
Unable to speak or hear.
deafmutism deaf·mut·ism (děf'myōō'tĭz'əm)
Inability to hear and speak. No longer in technical use.