ear-piercing: an earsplitting explosion.

Origin of earsplitting

First recorded in 1880–85; ear1 + splitting
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Historical Examples of ear-splitting

  • An ear-splitting yell sounded from the direction of the encampment.

    The Lady of North Star

    Ottwell J. Binns

  • Only when angry do I utter my fearful, ear-splitting, soul-shuddering growl.

  • And hard at their heels came another of the ear-splitting crashes.

    Castle of Terror

    E.J. Liston

  • Suddenly we heard a crash, an ear-splitting explosion from the fire line.

    The Red Horizon

    Patrick MacGill

  • A nightmare sound, as discordant as it was ear-splitting, filled the room.

    More William

    Richmal Crompton

British Dictionary definitions for ear-splitting



so loud or shrill as to hurt the ears
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