deaf-and-dumb(redirected from deaf-and-dumbly)
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Related to deaf-and-dumbly: dummy, Helen Keller, idiot, jingo, sign language
unable to hear or speak
(Physiology) a deaf person without speech
Usage: Using deaf-and-dumb or deaf-mute to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive, and should be avoided.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
unable to hear and speak.
usage: See dumb.