Origin of earplug

First recorded in 1900–05; ear1 + plug
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Examples from the Web for earplug

Historical Examples of earplug

  • "This is like a dream," her voice murmured in Blades' earplug.

    Industrial Revolution

    Poul William Anderson

  • Now he got a Megabuck unit, put the earplug into place, and tried again.

    The Pirates of Shan

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • Michael Blades was outside, overseeing the installation of a receptor, when his earplug buzzed.

    Industrial Revolution

    Poul William Anderson

  • So then Makann did all the talking; they couldn't even depend on him to parrot what they were giving him with an earplug phone.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for earplug


  1. a small piece of soft material, such as wax, placed in the ear to keep out noise or water
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