deafening

[ def-uh-ning ]
/ ˈdɛf ə nɪŋ /

noun

QUIZZES

DIVE INTO THIS BALMY SUMMERTIME SPELLING QUIZ

Do you often fall under the spell of the summer season? See if you can really spell your way through it with this quiz of popular summertime words.
Question 1 of 12

Origin of deafening

First recorded in 1590–1600; deafen + -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM deafening

half-deaf·en·ing, adjectivenon·deaf·en·ing, adjectivenon·deaf·en·ing·ly, adverbqua·si-deaf·en·ing, adjective

Definition for deafening (2 of 2)

deafen
[ def-uh n ]
/ ˈdɛf ən /

verb (used with object)

to make deaf: The accident deafened him for life.
to stun or overwhelm with noise: The pounding of the machines deafened us.
Obsolete. to render (a sound) inaudible, especially by a louder sound.

Origin of deafen

First recorded in 1590–1600; deaf + -en1

OTHER WORDS FROM deafen

deaf·en·ing·ly, adverbhalf-deaf·ened, adjectivenon·deaf·ened, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for deafening

British Dictionary definitions for deafening (1 of 2)

deafening
/ (ˈdɛfənɪŋ) /

adjective

excessively louddeafening music

Derived forms of deafening

deafeningly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for deafening (2 of 2)

deafen
/ (ˈdɛfən) /

verb

(tr) to make deaf, esp momentarily, as by a loud noise
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

Medical definitions for deafening

deafen
[ dĕfən ]

v.

To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.