earful

[ eer-foo l ]
/ ˈɪərˌfʊl /

noun, plural ear·fuls.

an outpouring of oral information or advice, especially when given without solicitation.
a sharp verbal rebuke; a scolding.

Nearby words

  1. eardrops,
  2. eardrum,
  3. eared,
  4. eared seal,
  5. earflap,
  6. earhart,
  7. earhart, amelia,
  8. earing,
  9. earl,
  10. earl grey

Origin of earful

First recorded in 1915–20; ear1 + -ful

Usage note

See -ful.

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British Dictionary definitions for earful

earful

/ (ˈɪəfʊl) /

noun informal

something heard or overheard
a rebuke or scolding, esp a lengthy or severe one
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Word Origin and History for earful

earful

n.

"a piece of one's mind," 1917, from ear (n.1) + -ful.

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