Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To stun or stupefy with noise; to deafen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render deaf; deafen; stun with noise.
  • To become deaf.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • 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.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century

  • ‘Whisht, woman! whisht!’ said the blind man, angrily, shaking his locks; ‘dinna deave the gentleman wi’ your havers.

    Redgauntlet

  • The noise the maitter o 'twenty chields like Sandy cud mak' wi 'their buit soles wud fair deave a hale neeperhude.

    My Man Sandy

  • And sair wi 'his love he did deave me: [sorely, deafen]

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • My minnie does constantly deave me, [mother, deafen]

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • 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'."

    Greyfriars Bobby

  • Noisy enough to deave one, by nature, give a bit Skye a reason and he'll lie

    Greyfriars Bobby

  • Fair-gui-deen nor Fair-guid-day; but when she buckled to, she had a tongue to deave the miller.

    Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4) Ghost Stories

  • It's a guid job that a body can aye gang doon to godly Maister Welsh, though he's an awfu 'body to deave

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • 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.

    Stories by English Authors: Scotland (Selected by Scribners)

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