earworm

1
[ eer-wurm ]
/ ˈɪərˌwɜrm /

noun


Nearby words

  1. earthy,
  2. earwax,
  3. earwig,
  4. earwigging,
  5. earwitness,
  6. eas,
  7. ease,
  8. ease off,
  9. ease out,
  10. easeful

earworm

2
[ eer-wurm ]
/ ˈɪərˌwɜrm /
Informal.

noun

a tune or part of a song that repeats in one’s mind.

verb (used with object)

to work (itself or its way) into a person’s mind: The Pepsi jingles have earwormed their way into my head.

Origin of earworm

2
1980–85; loan translation of German Ohrwurm ‘catchy tune, earwig’

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British Dictionary definitions for ear-worm

earworm

/ (ˈɪəˌwɜːm) /

noun

informal an irritatingly catchy tune

Word Origin for earworm

C20: from German Ohrwurm earwig

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