- a decorative feature at the upper end of a leg.
- one of the decorative features at each end of a crest rail.
Origin of ear1
verb (used without object)
Origin of ear2
verb (used with object) British Dialect.
Origin of ear3
Related Words for eartaste, mind, remark, perception, observance, observation, discrimination, sensitivity, regard, notice, hearing, note, appreciation, heed, consideration, mark
Examples from the Web for ear
Contemporary Examples of ear
In an act of corporal punishment that we at the Daily Beast do not condone, Joseph grabbed Him by the ear and “pulled hard.”Was Baby Jesus A Holy Terror?
December 21, 2014
She had low-grade blood poisoning in her ear from the pin she used to pierce it.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love
November 18, 2014
He pressed a hollow shell casing into my palm and leaned towards my ear, “I PICKED IT UP FROM THE BEDROOM!”I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Muscovites call their favorite station “Ukho Moskvy” (Ear of Moscow) and see it as an institution, a compass for society.The Kremlin Is Killing Echo of Moscow, Russia’s Last Independent Radio Station
November 7, 2014
Di Giovanni thought “He wrote Spanish while in his ear he heard English.”Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else
October 24, 2014
Historical Examples of ear
As I approached her apartment, the voice of Alcibiades met my ear.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Harry turned to Philip and spoke to him, shouting in his ear the explanation.
The sound in her ear had grown to a roar, as of many mill-wheels.
A voice broke on his ear, coming, it seemed, from another world.Viviette
William J. Locke
The impact of sounds on his ear from the receiver set him to attention.Within the Law
- to act according to the demands of a situation rather than to a plan; improvise
- to perform a musical piece on an instrument without written music
Word Origin for ear
Word Origin for ear
"organ of hearing," Old English eare "ear," from Proto-Germanic *auzon (cf. Old Norse eyra, Danish øre, Old Frisian are, Old Saxon ore, Middle Dutch ore, Dutch oor, Old High German ora, German Ohr, Gothic auso), from PIE *ous- with a sense of "perception" (cf. Greek aus, Latin auris, Lithuanian ausis, Old Church Slavonic ucho, Old Irish au "ear," Avestan usi "the two ears").
The belief that itching or burning ears means someone is talking about you is mentioned in Pliny's "Natural History" (77 C.E.). Until at least the 1880s, even some medical men still believed piercing the ear lobes improved one's eyesight. Meaning "handle of a pitcher" is mid-15c. (but cf. Old English earde "having a handle"). To be wet behind the ears "naive" is implied from 1914. Phrase walls have ears attested from 1610s. Ear-bash (v.) is Australian slang (1944) for "to talk inordinately" (to someone).
"grain part of corn," from Old English ear (West Saxon), æher (Northumbrian) "spike, ear of grain," from Proto-Germanic *akhaz (genitive *akhizaz; cf. Dutch aar, Old High German ehir, German Ähre, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs "ear of corn"), from PIE root *ak- "sharp, pointed" (cf. Latin acus "husk of corn," Greek akoste "barley;" see acrid).
In addition to the idioms beginning with ear
- early bird catches the worm
- early on
- early to bed, early to rise (makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise)
- earn one's keep
- earn one's stripes
- ears are burning, one's
- ear to the ground, have one's
- all ears
- believe one's ears
- bend someone's ear
- can't make a silk purse out of sow's ear
- coming out of one's ears
- cute as a button (bug's ear)
- fall on deaf ears
- flea in one's ear
- have someone's ear
- in one ear and out the other
- lend one's ear
- music to one's ears
- out on one's ear
- pin someone's ears back
- play by ear
- prick up one's ears
- put a bug in someone's ear
- turn a deaf ear
- up to one's ears
- walls have ears
- wet behind the ears