[ eer-split-ing ]
See synonyms for earsplitting on Thesaurus.com
  1. ear-piercing: an earsplitting explosion.

Origin of earsplitting

First recorded in 1880–85; ear1 + splitting

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How to use earsplitting in a sentence

  • A dull boom floated up on the breeze, but was drowned in an ear-splitting crash somewhere close to me.

    The Invasion | William Le Queux
  • These were the cries that rent the air from a thousand throats, an ear-splitting accompaniment to the surging storm of humanity.

    Serapis, Complete | Georg Ebers
  • All were hard at work, their gunners working like men possessed, and the crash of their constant discharge was ear-splitting.

    The Invasion | William Le Queux

British Dictionary definitions for ear-splitting


  1. so loud or shrill as to hurt the ears

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