Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DEAFFY, Deefy, Deafy, Daiffy, Diffy, adj. [′difi, ′def, ′dɪf]
1. Dull (of sound) (Fif.10, Lnk.3 1940, daiffy). Alternative form diffy is known in Lnk. and Lth. (Lnk.3). Deaf in this sense has been obs. in Eng. since early 18th cent.
A voice gives forth a daiffy sound.
2. Dull in action, without bounce (of a clay marble or a ball). Also used substantivally for the marble or ball itself (Arg.1 (deaffy, deefy), Lnk.3 1940; Slk. 1947 (per Abd.27), diffy).
A “bool” that “wudna stot” was described as a “daiffy bool,” or simply “a daiffy” — That ane's a daiffy. [Also form deafy.]
3. Numb, partially or totally devoid of sensation, e.g. in the case of a paralysed limb (Fif.10 1939). Also in Lei. dial. in form deaf.[From Deaf, above.]
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