[ eer-pluhg ]
/ ˈɪərˌplʌg /


a plug of soft, pliable material inserted into the opening of the outer ear, especially to keep out water or noise.

Nearby words

  1. earom,
  2. earp,
  3. earp, wyatt,
  4. earphone,
  5. earpiece,
  6. earreach,
  7. earring,
  8. ears are burning, one's,
  9. earshot,
  10. earsplitting

Origin of earplug

First recorded in 1900–05; ear1 + plug

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Examples from the Web for earplug

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

    Industrial Revolution|Poul William Anderson
  • 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
  • Now he got a Megabuck unit, put the earplug into place, and tried again.

    The Pirates of Shan|Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for earplug


/ (ˈɪəˌplʌɡ) /


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