ASL signs for SUPERIOR

There are a few signs that convey subtle meanings.

Definition: higher in rank, status, or quality; higher, better, or more important than another.

Pronunciation (sign description): Two bent whole hands are held apart in space in front of the signer with palms facing each other. The dominant hand moves one step above the non-dominant in a small semi-circle motion.

Usage examples: This sign is not solely referred to 'superior'. It has multiple meanings in its breadth of use. For example, something is "higher than the other", "overcome by a superior opponent by two points".

Related signs: TOP-NOTCH, BEST, HIGHER,


Pronunciation (sign description) 2: Same as above, except for the handshape which is the "10" handshape.

Usage examples: "superior officer", "higher in rank".

Related signs: SENIOR.


Non-manual signal (NMS): A change in facial expression (e.g. "th" mouthing) may change the meaning to as: having or showing an overly high opinion of oneself.

Related signs: CONDESCENDING, SNOBBISH.

Deaf Heritage

This clip shows George Veditz signing the concept in 1913.

George Veditz signing in his 1913 film, "The Preservation of American Sign Language" by the National Association of the Deaf.

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