Origin of deafen
Examples from the Web for deafeningly
Despite public outcry ahead of the verdict, reaction was deafeningly silent.Reaction Muted as Silvio Berlusconi Found Guilty of Tax Fraud
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 1, 2013
Sunny and I met in the winter of 1959, at the deafeningly expensive Palace Hotel in Saint Moritz, Switzerland.I Helped Save Claus von Bulow
December 9, 2008
As they touched the tempestuously tossing slime, it shrieked stridently, deafeningly—cosmically!Futuria Fantasia, Winter 1940
Sometimes the whole party, including the sentinel, set up a simultaneous yell so deafeningly loud that it can be heard a mile.
- (tr) to make deaf, esp momentarily, as by a loud noise
Word Origin and History for deafeningly
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.
- To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.