adjective, deaf·er, deaf·est.
noun (used with a plural verb)
- deadweight tonnage,
- deaf aid,
- deaf as a post,
- deaf without speech,
Origin of deaf
Examples from the Web for deafer
Mr. Kirkup (who is deafer than a post now) tries in vain to convert him to the spiritual doctrine.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II|Elizabeth Barrett Browning
No, oh, no; for then she would be deafer and dumber and blinder than she was before.Following the Equator, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He was deafer than ever to Miss Phbes remarks, and listened with a little impatience to Tozers wisdom.Salem Chapel, v.1/2|Mrs. Oliphant
Deafer yet to the clarion call of emulation in the race of life and struggles for power, rank, and fame.
"Darn me if I'm not gettin' deafer every day," was the reply.The Mysterious Rider|Zane Grey
Word Origin for deaf
Old English deaf "deaf," also "empty, barren," specialized from Proto-Germanic *daubaz (cf. Old Saxon dof, Old Norse daufr, Old Frisian daf, Dutch doof "deaf," German taub, Gothic daufs "deaf, insensate"), from PIE dheubh-, which was used to form words meaning "confusion, stupefaction, dizziness" (cf. Greek typhlos "blind).
The word was pronounced to rhyme with reef until 18c. Deaf-mute is from 1837, after French sourd-muet. Deaf-mutes were sought after in 18c.-19c. Britain as fortune-tellers. Deaf as an adder (Old English) is from Psalms lviii:5.
In addition to the idiom beginning with deaf
- deaf as a post
- fall on deaf ears
- stone deaf
- turn a deaf ear