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verb (used with object), deaved, deav·ing. Chiefly Scot.
  1. to make deaf; deafen.
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Origin of deave

before 1050; Middle English deven, Old English -dēafian (in ādēafian to grow deaf; see a-3)
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Examples from the Web for deave

Historical Examples of deave

  • His foreman took them out of his pocket and gave Mr. Deave his choice.

    A Comprehensive History of Norwich

    A. D. Bayne

  • And as for that glorious Katrine, I'll deave her ears with your name!


    Elinor Macartney Lane

  • Mr. Deave, however, said he would make no choice, and bought the one offered to him.

  • Mr. Deave, being informed of the circumstance, thought so too, but offered to buy one of the tickets.

British Dictionary definitions for deave


verb (tr) Scot
  1. to deafen
  2. to bewilder or weary (a person) with noise
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Word Origin for deave

Old English dēafian
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