[ eer-wurm ]
/ ˈɪərˌwɜrm /
a tune or part of a song that repeats in one’s mind.
verb (used with object)
to work (itself or its way) into a person’s mind: The Pepsi jingles have earwormed their way into my head.
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Origin of earworm2
1980–85; loan translation of German Ohrwurm ‘catchy tune, earwig’
Words nearby earworm
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British Dictionary definitions for earwormed
/ (ˈɪəˌwɜːm) /
informal an irritatingly catchy tune
Word Origin for earworm
C20: from German Ohrwurm earwig
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