earworm

1
[eer-wurm]

earworm

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[eer-wurm]Informal.
noun
  1. a tune or part of a song that repeats in one’s mind.
verb (used with object)
  1. to work (itself or its way) into a person’s mind: The Pepsi jingles have earwormed their way into my head.

Origin of earworm

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1980–85; loan translation of German Ohrwurm ‘catchy tune, earwig’
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earworm

noun
  1. informal an irritatingly catchy tune

Word Origin for earworm

C20: from German Ohrwurm earwig
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