Try Our Apps


Famous Last Words


[stohn-def] /ˈstoʊnˈdɛf/
totally deaf.
Origin of stone-deaf
First recorded in 1830-40; stone + deaf Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for stone-deaf
Historical Examples
  • Nature, to whose cries he has for so long turned a stone-deaf ear.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • He spoke, if not to stone-deaf ears, to fast-deafening ears.

    The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros Pedro Fernandez de Quiros
  • Suppose all the accessories were away, could not one swear that the man was stone-deaf, beyond the reach of trumpet?

    George Cruikshank William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Poor Miss Wolfe had died some years before, and had been stone-deaf at that!

    Old Friends and New Sarah Orne Jewett
  • To the one, she played ravishing strains, having first taken the precaution to make him stone-deaf.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • But the hunchback was not stone-deaf—at least when he cared to hear.

  • Here sat Entwistle senior, stone-deaf, almost blind, but with his eighty-year-old wits still bright and birdlike.

    A Safety Match Ian Hay
  • "I'd have him in Castle Rushen, the stone-deaf scoundrel," shouted Kinvig.

  • I noticed the stone-deaf man, the twisted oaf whose face I have described as being that of an ill-treated and feeble-minded faun.

  • As I was stone-deaf in the right ear I always slept on the left side.

British Dictionary definitions for stone-deaf


completely deaf
Usage note
Use of this word to refer to people with serious hearing difficulties is potentially very offensive: preferred form: profoundly deaf
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for stone-deaf

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for stone

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for stone-deaf