half deafened


verb (used with object)
to make deaf: The accident deafened him for life.
to stun or overwhelm with noise: The pounding of the machines deafened us.
deaden ( def 3 ).
Obsolete. to render (a sound) inaudible, especially by a louder sound.

1590–1600; deaf + -en1

deafeningly, adverb
half-deafened, adjective
nondeafened, adjective
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deafen (ˈdɛfən)
(tr) to make deaf, esp momentarily, as by a loud noise

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Word Origin & History

1590s, "to make deaf," from deaf. The earlier verb was simply deaf (mid-15c.). For "to become deaf, to grow deaf," O.E. had adeafian (intrans.), which survived into M.E. 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.
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deafen deaf·en (děf'ən)
v. deaf·ened, deaf·en·ing, deaf·ens
To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.

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