Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render deaf; deafen; stun with noise.
- To become deaf.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Scot. To stun or stupefy with noise; to deafen.
“Naquet, "which used to" deave "all of us who minded such things many years ago), and the situation is (at least intentionally) made more piquant by the fact that Teissier, who is a prominent statesman and gives up not merely his wife but his political position for this new love of his, starts as an actual supporter of the repeal of the divorce laws.”
“‘Whisht, woman! whisht!’ said the blind man, angrily, shaking his locks; ‘dinna deave the gentleman wi’ your havers.”
“The noise the maitter o 'twenty chields like Sandy cud mak' wi 'their buit soles wud fair deave a hale neeperhude.”
“And sair wi 'his love he did deave me: [sorely, deafen]”
“My minnie does constantly deave me, [mother, deafen]”
“He barked so long, so loud, and so furiously, running 'round and' round the cart and under it and yelping at every turn, that a slatternly scullery maid opened a door and angrily bade him "no 'to deave folk wi' 'is blatterin'.”
“Noisy enough to deave one, by nature, give a bit Skye a reason and he'll lie”
“Fair-gui-deen nor Fair-guid-day; but when she buckled to, she had a tongue to deave the miller.”
“It's a guid job that a body can aye gang doon to godly Maister Welsh, though he's an awfu 'body to deave”
“She was nae great speaker; folk usually let her gang her ain gait, an 'she let them gang theirs, wi' neither fair guid-e'en nor fair guid-day; but when she buckled to, she had a tongue to deave the miller.”
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