stone deaf

stone-deaf

[stohn-def]
adjective
totally deaf.

Origin:
1830–40; stone + deaf

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stone-deaf
 
adj
completely deaf
 
usage  Use of this word to refer to people with serious hearing difficulties is potentially very offensive: preferred form: profoundly deaf

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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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