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.

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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