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stone-deaf

[stohn-def] /ˈstoʊnˈdɛf/
adjective
1.
totally deaf.
Origin of stone-deaf
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; stone + deaf
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Examples from the Web for stone deaf
Historical Examples
  • She might have been stone deaf, and as dumb as the hearthstone bricks.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • They spoke to him in very loud voices as if he were stone deaf.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Are you stone deaf, that all their pretty speeches have been wasted on you?

    Heart

    Martin Farquhar Tupper
  • How do you manage to communicate with him if he is stone deaf?

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • The old woman is stone deaf, and this time to-morrow Thyra will be my wife!

    Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • There was no answer, but it occurred to me that it might be some old countryman who was stone deaf.

    Wandering Ghosts F. Marion Crawford
  • When I spoke to the old woman, she told me that she was stone deaf.

  • Had Hooker been stone deaf, the words would have had no more effect.

  • Oh, poor old gentleman,” said the secretary; “he is stone deaf.

  • He is absolutely nil, stone deaf and stark blind, on that side.

British Dictionary definitions for stone deaf

stone-deaf

adjective
1.
completely deaf
Usage note
Use of this word to refer to people with serious hearing difficulties is potentially very offensive: preferred form: profoundly deaf
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Idioms and Phrases with stone deaf

stone deaf

Totally unable to hear, as in Poor Grandpa, in the last year he's become stone deaf. [ First half of 1800s ]
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