[ hahrd-uh v-heer-ing ]
/ ˈhɑrd əvˈhɪər ɪŋ /
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Origin of hard-of-hearing
First recorded in 1555–65
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British Dictionary definitions for hard of hearing
hard of hearing
- deaf or partly deaf
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the hard of hearing
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Idioms and Phrases with hard of hearing
hard of hearing
Somewhat deaf, having a partial loss of hearing. For example, You'll have to speak distinctly; Dad's a little hard of hearing. The use of hard in the sense of “difficulty in doing something” survives only in this expression. [Mid-1500s]
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