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earworm

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[ eer-wurm ]
/ ˈɪərˌwɜrm /
Informal.
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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.

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Origin of earworm

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First recorded in 1980–85; loan translation of German Ohrwurm “catchy tune, earwig”

Definition for earworm (2 of 2)

earworm2
[ eer-wurm ]
/ ˈɪərˌwɜrm /

noun

Origin of earworm

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First recorded in 1880–85; ear2 + worm (in the sense “small creeping animal”)
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British Dictionary definitions for earworm

earworm
/ (ˈɪəˌwɜːm) /

noun

informal an irritatingly catchy tune
C20: from German Ohrwurm earwig
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