ear

1
[ eer ]
/ ɪər /

noun

Idioms

Origin of ear

1
before 900; Middle English ere, Old English ēare; cognate with Old Norse eyra, German Ohr, Gothic auso, Latin auris, Lithuanian ausìs, Greek oûs

Related forms

ear·less, adjectiveear·like, adjective

Definition for ear (2 of 3)

ear

2
[ eer ]
/ ɪər /

noun

the part of a cereal plant, as corn, wheat, etc., that contains the flowers and hence the fruit, grains, or kernels.

verb (used without object)

to form or put forth ears.

Origin of ear

2
before 900; Middle English ere, Old English ēar, æhher; cognate with German Ahre, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs ear, Latin acus husk

Definition for ear (3 of 3)

ear

3
[ eer ]
/ ɪər /

verb (used with object) British Dialect.

to plow; cultivate.

Origin of ear

3
before 900; Middle English ere(n), Old English erian; cognate with Old Norse erja, Gothic arjan, Latin arāre
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British Dictionary definitions for ear (1 of 2)

ear

1
/ (ɪə) /

noun


Derived Forms

earless, adjectiveearlike, adjective

Word Origin for ear

Old English ēare; related to Old Norse eyra, Old High German ōra, Gothic ausō, Greek ous, Latin auris

British Dictionary definitions for ear (2 of 2)

ear

2
/ (ɪə) /

noun

the part of a cereal plant, such as wheat or barley, that contains the seeds, grains, or kernels

verb

(intr) (of cereal plants) to develop such parts

Word Origin for ear

Old English ēar; related to Old High German ahar, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs ear, Latin acus chaff, Greek akros pointed
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Medicine definitions for ear

ear

[ îr ]

n.

The organ of hearing, responsible for maintaining equilibrium as well as sensing sound and divided into the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.
The part of this organ that is externally visible.
The sense of hearing.

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Science definitions for ear (1 of 2)

ear

1
[ îr ]

The vertebrate organ of hearing, which in mammals is usually composed of three parts: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. The organs of balance are also located in the ear.
An invertebrate organ analogous to the vertebrate ear.

Science definitions for ear (2 of 2)

ear

2
[ îr ]

The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn or wheat.

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Culture definitions for ear

ear

The organ of hearing, which also plays a role in maintaining balance. It is divided into the outer ear (from the outside to the eardrum), the middle ear, and the inner ear.


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Idioms and Phrases with ear

ear

In addition to the idioms beginning with ear

  • early bird catches the worm
  • early on
  • early to bed, early to rise (makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise)
  • earn one's keep
  • earn one's stripes
  • ears are burning, one's
  • ear to the ground, have one's

also see:

  • all ears
  • believe one's ears
  • bend someone's ear
  • can't make a silk purse out of sow's ear
  • coming out of one's ears
  • cute as a button (bug's ear)
  • fall on deaf ears
  • flea in one's ear
  • have someone's ear
  • in one ear and out the other
  • lend one's ear
  • music to one's ears
  • out on one's ear
  • pin someone's ears back
  • play by ear
  • prick up one's ears
  • put a bug in someone's ear
  • turn a deaf ear
  • up to one's ears
  • walls have ears
  • wet behind the ears

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