deaf-and-dumb
deaf and dumb deaf and dumb, deaf-and-dumb deaf-and-dumbadj. both deaf and unable to speak; without the sense of hearing or the faculty of speech. Same as {Deaf-mute}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Deaf and dumb — Dumb Dumb, a. [AS. dumb; akin to D. dom stupid, dumb, Sw. dumb, Goth. dumbs; cf. Gr. ? blind. See {Deaf}, and cf. {Dummy}.] 1. Destitute of the power of speech; unable; to utter articulate sounds; as, the dumb brutes. [1913 Webster] To unloose… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deaf and dumb — deaf and dumb, deaf and dumb deaf and dumbadj. both deaf and unable to speak; without the sense of hearing or the faculty of speech. Same as {Deaf mute}. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deaf-and-dumb — [def′ n dum′] adj. 1. deaf mute 2. of or for deaf mutes: Now regarded as offensive …   English World dictionary

  • deaf-and-dumb — deaf′ and dumb′ adj. Offensive. off sts unable to hear and speak • Etymology: 1150–1200 usage: See dumb …   From formal English to slang

  • deaf-and-dumb — adjective OFFENSIVE not able to hear or speak …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Deaf and dumb — the drum, inside information, e.g. I ll give you the deaf and dumb …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • deaf and dumb — I Australian Slang the drum, inside information, e.g. I ll give you the deaf and dumb II Cockney Rhyming Slang Bum …   English dialects glossary

  • deaf-and-dumb — adjective unable to hear or speak the deaf and dumb noun (plural) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • deaf and dumb — 1. adjective Being deaf and not knowing how to speak. Usually physically able to speak. 2. noun bum (behind, bottom) …   Wiktionary

  • deaf-and-dumb — adjective lacking the sense of hearing and the ability to speak • Syn: ↑deaf mute • Similar to: ↑deaf • Derivationally related forms: ↑deaf mute (for: ↑deaf mute), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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