- a tune or part of a song that repeats in one’s mind.
- to work (itself or its way) into a person’s mind: The Pepsi jingles have earwormed their way into my head.
Origin of earworm2
1980–85; loan translation of German Ohrwurm ‘catchy tune, earwig’
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- informal an irritatingly catchy tune
C20: from German Ohrwurm earwig