An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unable to hear)
a. deaf
Louis aprendió el lenguaje de señas porque es sordo.Louis learned sign language because he is deaf.
b. hearing-impaired
Hay una nueva exposición para niños sordos en el museo.There is a new exhibition for hearing-impaired children at the museum.
2. (muted)
a. muffled
La segunda flecha impactó con un ruido sordo cerca de la primera.The second arrow struck with a muffled noise close to the first.
b. dull
Me despertó de nuevo el sordo rugido de las máquinas quitanieves.I was awakened again by the dull roar of the snowplows.
3. (not sharp)
a. dull
Intentar estudiar con un dolor sordo es insoportable.Trying to study with a dull pain is unbearable.
4. (linguistics)
a. voiceless
Las cuerdas vocales no vibran al pronunciar un sonido sordo.Your vocal cords do not vibrate when you utter a voiceless sound.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
5. (person)
a. deaf person
Vimos un sordo cantando con las manos.We saw a deaf person singing with his hands.
b. deaf (collectively)
Hay una universidad para los sordos en Washington, D.C.There is a university for the deaf in Washington, D.C.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (que no oye)
a. deaf
2. (fig)
permanecer sordo a o ante algoto be deaf to something
estar más sordo que una tapiato be stone deaf
3. (pasos)
a. quiet, muffled
4. (ruido, dolor)
a. dull
5. (grammar)
a. voiceless, unvoiced
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (persona)
a. deaf person
los sordosthe deaf
hacerse el sordoto turn a deaf ear
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sordoa sorda
1 [+persona] deaf
quedarse sordo to go deaf
mostrarse sordo a permanecer sordo a to be deaf to
se mostró sordo a sus súplicas he was deaf to her entreaties; her entreaties fell on deaf ears
a la sorda
a sordas
on the quiet; surreptitiously
sordo como una tapia as deaf as a post
2 (insonoro) [+ruido] dull; muffled; [+dolor] dull; [+emoción, ira] suppressed
3 (Lingüística) voiceless
deaf person
hacerse el sordo to pretend not to hear; turn a deaf ear
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