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[hahrd-uh v-heer-ing] /ˈhɑrd əvˈhɪər ɪŋ/
adjective, noun
Origin of hard-of-hearing
First recorded in 1555-65 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for hard of hearing

hard of hearing

  1. deaf or partly deaf
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the hard of hearing
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Idioms and Phrases with hard of hearing

hard of hearing

Somewhat deaf, having a partial loss of hearing. For example, You'll have to speak distinctly; Dad's a little hard of hearing. The use of hard in the sense of “difficulty in doing something” survives only in this expression. [ Mid-1500s ]
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