ASL sign for DEAF

Meaning: Partially or wholly lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing; unable to hear.

Regional/phonological variation.

Old ASL sign (found in older generations prior to about mid-20th century): obsolete.

Meaning: absolutely deaf; not hearing at all. [Video courtesy of Jonathan Pokorny (coda), 2018.]

Note that the inappropriate term HEARING-IMPAIRED is unacceptable. Use "deaf" instead.

Related signs: sign language, ASL (American Sign Language, Deaf culture, Deaf community, Deaf world, Deaf Gain, DEAFHOOD, deafness, deafened.

Printable ASL for DEAF
ASL writing for DEAF

ASL Storytelling

For a goose-bumping true story, enjoy the video story "Deaf or Dead" by Jolanta Lapiak.


"My eye is my ear. My hand is my mouth." -- Meme, 2000s.

Deaf Art

Art work 'deaf'
"Deaf" (2020), 28" x 36", acrylic on canvas. Artist Serge Doamba.

The painting shows the ASL word "deaf".