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hard-of-hearing

[hahrd-uh v-heer-ing]
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adjective, noun
  1. hearing-impaired.
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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

adjective
    1. deaf or partly deaf
    2. (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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