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stone-deaf

[ stohn-def ]
/ ˈstoʊnˈdɛf /
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adjective

totally deaf.

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Origin of stone-deaf

First recorded in 1830–40; stone + deaf
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British Dictionary definitions for stone-deaf

stone-deaf

adjective

completely deaf

usage for stone-deaf

Use of this word to refer to people with serious hearing difficulties is potentially very offensive: preferred form: profoundly deaf
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Idioms and Phrases with stone-deaf

stone deaf

Totally unable to hear, as in Poor Grandpa, in the last year he's become stone deaf. [First half of 1800s]

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