deafening

[def-uh-ning]
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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)
  1. to make deaf: The accident deafened him for life.
  2. to stun or overwhelm with noise: The pounding of the machines deafened us.
  3. deaden(def 3).
  4. 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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Examples from the Web for deafening

Contemporary Examples of deafening

Historical Examples of deafening

  • Why do you make such a deafening noise, you pussy cat, there behind the stove?

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • It was Beauvallet, the deafening tragedian of the Comdie Franaise.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The roar of the wind and the surging of water were all around, and were deafening.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • The deafening noises of the faubourg sounded like bells in their ears.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • Behind them, as they fled, came suddenly two deafening explosions.

    Spawn of the Comet

    Harold Thompson Rich


British Dictionary definitions for deafening

deafening

adjective
  1. excessively louddeafening music
Derived Formsdeafeningly, adverb

deafen

verb
  1. (tr) to make deaf, esp momentarily, as by a loud noise
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Word Origin and History for deafening
adj.

"very loud," 1590s, from present participle of deafen (q.v.). Deafening silence is attested by 1830.

deafen

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

deafening in Medicine

deafen

[dĕfən]
v.
  1. To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.
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