Not having the faculty of hearing, or only partially able to hear. (adjective)
Deaf people considered as a group. (noun)
To deafen. (verb)
Examples of word Deaf
Nothing personal, but the term deaf-mute is way, way out of style.
But I think theawesomerobot's point about iPods for the deaf is a good one.
The temptation to discuss, solely in the light of Helen Keller, the whole matter of educating the deaf is a dangerous one, and one which I have not taken particular care to avoid, because my opinions are of no authority and I have merely tried to suggest problems and reinforce some of the main ideas expressed by Miss Sullivan, who is an authority.
He felt the ridicule which was attached to the mute character of the Legislative Body, which he called his deaf and dumb assembly.
A teacher of the deaf cannot lose sight of the fact that in the term deaf, or deaf-mute, there are included at least four sub-classes, namely, the semi-mutes, who have lost their hearing after they had acquired more or less perfectly the use of language; the semi-deaf, who retain some power of hearing, but yet cannot attend with profit schools for hearing children; the congenitally deaf, possessing some ability to perceive sound; and the totally deaf from birth, who are unable to perceive sound.