earworm

2
[ eer-wurm ]
/ ˈɪərˌwɜrm /
Informal.

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. earthy,
  2. earwax,
  3. earwig,
  4. earwigging,
  5. earwitness,
  6. eas,
  7. ease,
  8. ease off,
  9. ease out,
  10. easeful

Origin of earworm

2
1980–85; loan translation of German Ohrwurm ‘catchy tune, earwig’

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British Dictionary definitions for earwormed

earworm

/ (ˈɪəˌwɜːm) /

noun

informal an irritatingly catchy tune

Word Origin for earworm

C20: from German Ohrwurm earwig

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