deafening

[def-uh-ning]

noun


Nearby words

  1. deaf-and-dumb,
  2. deaf-blind,
  3. deaf-mute,
  4. deafblind,
  5. deafen,
  6. deafeningly,
  7. deafferentation,
  8. deafmutism,
  9. deafness,
  10. deak

Origin of deafening

First recorded in 1590–1600; deafen + -ing1

Related formshalf-deaf·en·ing, adjectivenon·deaf·en·ing, adjectivenon·deaf·en·ing·ly, adverbqua·si-deaf·en·ing, adjective

deafen

[def-uh n]

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

Related formsdeaf·en·ing·ly, adverbhalf-deaf·ened, adjectivenon·deaf·ened, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for deafening

deafening

adjective

excessively louddeafening music
Derived Formsdeafeningly, adverb

deafen

verb

(tr) to make deaf, esp momentarily, as by a loud noise
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Word Origin and History for deafening
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Medicine definitions for deafening

deafen

[dĕfən]

v.

To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.

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