verb (used with object), deaved, deav·ing. Chiefly Scot.

to make deaf; deafen.

Origin of deave

before 1050; Middle English deven, Old English -dēafian (in ādēafian to grow deaf; see a-3) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (tr) Scot

to deafen
to bewilder or weary (a person) with noise

Word Origin for deave

Old English dēafian
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