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  1. the range or distance within which a sound, voice, etc., can be heard.
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Origin of earshot

First recorded in 1600–10; ear1 + shot1
Also called earreach.
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Related Words

area, space, spectrum, field, length, scope, territory, dimension, matter, domain, confines, purview, neighborhood, sweep, hearing, sphere, radius, leeway, ambit

Examples from the Web for earshot

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  • The moment they were out of earshot Helen turned to her lover.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • "At your service, sir," said he; and I drew him out of earshot of those others.

  • "I can't," said Jeff ruthlessly, when he had got her out of earshot.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • And now they had walked out of earshot, and I heard no more.

    That Boy Of Norcott's

    Charles James Lever

  • "In the variety of knowledge there is safety," he said; and then they passed out of earshot.

British Dictionary definitions for earshot


  1. the range or distance within which sound may be heard (esp in the phrases within earshot, out of earshot)
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Word Origin and History for earshot


c.1600, from ear (n.1) + shot (n.) in the sense of "range" (e.g. bowshot).

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