• synonyms


or ear lobe

[ eer-lohb ]
/ ˈɪərˌloʊb /


the soft, pendulous lower part of the external ear.

Nearby words

earless lizard, earless seal, earlier, earlier han, earliest, earlobe, earlock, earlship, early, early adopter, early american

Origin of earlobe

First recorded in 1855–60; ear1 + lobe
Also called lobe. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for earlobe

  • I started to follow, but a tug at my earlobe signaled me to stop.

    Card Trick|Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
  • Buck's gun went off again, and the other earlobe was a red tatter.

    The Draw|Jerome Bixby

Word Origin and History for earlobe



by 1786, from ear (n.1) + lobe. Earlier was ear lap (Old English had earlæppa "external ear").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for earlobe



The soft, fleshy, pendulous lower part of the external ear.
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