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Origin of stone-deaf

First recorded in 1830–40; stone + deaf Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for stone-deaf

deaf, hearing-impaired, stone-deaf

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British Dictionary definitions for stone-deaf


  1. completely 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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