earworm

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[ eer-wurm ]
/ ˈɪərˌwɜrm /

noun

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Definition for ear-worm (2 of 2)

earworm2
[ 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

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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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