The hype had been deafening on the work; the auction sales pitch even compared it to the “Mona Lisa.”
And, as it turns out, a necessary zen oasis from the deafening screams of tweenage girls as this Austin Mahone character performs.
Internet chatter rose to a deafening roar as speculation began about what—plastic surgery?
She crawls inside his shirt and gropes him, to deafening hoots.
One time a bomb shook the house—there was a deafening boom, and I thought we would die.
I see,” said Ralph above the deafening roar of the wind and the grinding wheels, “the Night Express.
Why do you make such a deafening noise, you pussy cat, there behind the stove?
She had hardly spoken when a swift shaft of blinding light and a deafening crack of thunder sent a panic into every one.
It was Beauvallet, the deafening tragedian of the Comdie Franaise.
It increased by easy stages, until at last the sound was deafening, and hurt the ear as if with a physical pain.
"very loud," 1590s, from present participle of deafen (q.v.). Deafening silence is attested by 1830.
1590s, "to make deaf," from deaf + -en (1). The earlier verb was simply deaf (mid-15c.). For "to become deaf, to grow deaf," Old English had adeafian (intransitive), which survived into Middle English as deave but then took on a transitive sense from mid-14c. and sank from use except in dialects (where it mostly has transitive and figurative senses), leaving English without an intransitive verb here.
deafen deaf·en (děf'ən)
v. deaf·ened, deaf·en·ing, deaf·ens
To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.