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See synonyms for ear-piercing on Thesaurus.com
  1. extremely harsh and irritating to the ear: ear-piercing noise.

Origin of ear-piercing

First recorded in 1595–1605

Words Nearby ear-piercing

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How to use ear-piercing in a sentence

  • Bill Hayes, he of the gray mustache and the ear-piercing faller's cry, was a "long-stake" man.

    The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • No one has ever more skilfully communicated his own disenchantment; no one ever blown a more ear-piercing note of sadness.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books | Robert Louis Stevenson
  • But he jumped up, and ran down to the shore, and sent an ear-piercing yell across the water.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure | Rupert Sargent Holland

British Dictionary definitions for ear piercing

ear piercing

  1. the making of a hole in the lobe of an ear, using a sterilized needle, so that an earring may be worn fastened in the hole

  1. so loud or shrill as to hurt the ears

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