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deaf

DEAF, n. deef.



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DEAF, n. deef.

DEAF, a. [deef; Sax. deaf; Ice. dauf; D. doof; G. taub; Dan. döv; Sw. döf; D. dooven; to quench or stifle; Dan. döver, to deafen; coinciding with Ch. טפא, to extinguish. L. stipo; Fr. etouffer, to stuff. Hence we say, thick of hearing. The true English pronunciation of this word is deef, as appears from the poetry of Chaucer, who uniformly makes it rhyme with leaf; and this proof is confirmed by poetry in the works of Sir W. Temple. Such was the pronunciation which our ancestors brought from England. The word is in analogy with leaf, sheaf, and the long sound of the vowels naturally precedes the semi-vowel f. Def, from the Danish and Swedish pronunciation, is an anomaly in English of a singular kind, there being not another word like it in the language. See Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Prologue.]

  1. Not perceiving sounds; not receiving impressions from sonorous bodies through the air; as, a deaf ear.
  2. Wanting the sense of hearing; having organs which do not perceive sounds; as, a deaf man. It is followed by to before that which ought to be heard; as deaf to the voice of the orator. Blind are their eyes, their ears are deaf, / Nor hear when mortals pray; / Mortals that wait for their relief, / Are blind and deaf as they. – Watts, Ps. 135.
  3. In a metaphorical sense, not listening; not regarding; not moved, persuaded or convinced; rejecting; as, deaf to reason or arguments. Men are deaf to calls of the Gospel.
  4. Without the ability or will to regard spiritual things; unconcerned; as, hear, ye deaf. – Is. xlii.
  5. Deprived of the power of hearing; deafened; as, deaf with clamor.
  6. Stifled; imperfect; obscurely heard; as, a deaf noise or murmur. – Dryden.

DEAF, v.t.

To deafen, is used by Dryden, but is obsolete, unless perhaps in poetry.


Deaf
  1. Wanting the sense of hearing, either wholly or in part; unable to perceive sounds; hard of hearing; as, a deaf man.

    Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf. Shak.

  2. To deafen.

    [Obs.] Dryden.
  3. Unwilling to hear or listen; determinedly inattentive; regardless; not to be persuaded as to facts, argument, or exhortation; -- with to; as, deaf to reason.

    O, that men's ears should be
    To counsel deaf, but not to flattery!
    Shak.

  4. Deprived of the power of hearing; deafened.

    Deaf with the noise, I took my hasty flight. Dryden.

  5. Obscurely heard; stifled; deadened.

    [R.]

    A deaf murmur through the squadron went. Dryden.

  6. Decayed; tasteless; dead; as, a deaf nut; deaf corn.

    [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

    If the season be unkindly and intemperate, they [peppers] will catch a blast; and then the seeds will be deaf, void, light, and naught. Holland.

    Deaf and dumb, without the sense of hearing or the faculty of speech. See Deaf-mute.

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Deaf

DEAF, noun deef.

1. Not perceiving sounds; not receiving impressions from sonorous bodies through the air; as a deaf ear.

2. Wanting the sense of hearing; having organs which do not perceive sounds; as a deaf man. It is followed by to before that which ought to be heard; as deaf to the voice of the orator.

3. In a metaphorical sense, not listening; not regarding; not moved, persuaded or convinced; rejecting; as deaf to reason or arguments. Men are deaf to the calls of the gospel.

4. Without the ability or will to regard spiritual things; unconcerned; as, hear, ye deaf Is. x1ii.

5. Deprived of the power of hearing; deafened; as deaf with clamor.

6. Stifled; imperfect; obscurely heard; as a deaf noise or murmur.

DEAF, verb transitive to deafen, is used by Dryden, but is obsolete, unless perhaps in poetry.

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2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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