Origin of deafening
verb (used with object)
Origin of deafen
Examples from the Web for deafening
They know they will face either a swift backlash or deafening silence.
Internet chatter rose to a deafening roar as speculation began about what—plastic surgery?Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014 |Kevin Fallon|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Any upcoming release of a new Apple product guarantees a deafening cacophony of idle speculation from tech sites.Amateur Stuntmen, the iPhone 6, and More Viral Videos|Jack Holmes|August 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He joked about the deafening noise levels in the old C-130 transport planes and sex at his age, then approaching 60.
Then a deafening cheer, as 50,000 people realized at once we had just experienced a major earthquake.
It gave vent to three deafening brays and so burst the dam of silence that had long pent it in.Kipps|H. G. Wells
Not until the deafening uproar ceases with sudden jerk, am I aware of what is going on almost at my invisible elbow.Kitty's Conquest|Charles King
The President's inauguration at Washington called forth a deafening demonstration.On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck|R. Pitcher Woodward
Perhaps he saw the bomb thrown and heard the deafening report.The Vultures|Henry Seton Merriman
And all the time the deadly, deafening tumult of the battle went on.The Drummer Boy|John Trowbridge
"very loud," 1590s, from present participle of deafen (q.v.). Deafening silence is attested by 1830.
1590s, "to make deaf," from deaf + -en (1). The earlier verb was simply deaf (mid-15c.). For "to become deaf, to grow deaf," Old English had adeafian (intransitive), which survived into Middle English as deave but then took on a transitive sense from mid-14c. and sank from use except in dialects (where it mostly has transitive and figurative senses), leaving English without an intransitive verb here.