extremely harsh and irritating to the ear: ear-piercing noise.

Origin of ear-piercing

First recorded in 1595–1605
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  • John appeared at an upper window in answer to the ear-piercing call.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely

  • An ear-piercing scream, which has never since left my memory followed.

  • As I was approaching the barracks of the 11th Company I heard some ear-piercing music from there.

    The Duel

    A. I. Kuprin

  • And then there is one ear-piercing crack, one blinding flash, and all is over.


    Charles Kingsley

  • There was an ear-piercing clang, and the shield parted down the middle.

    A Knyght Ther Was

    Robert F. Young