ear

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[ eer ]
/ ɪər /

noun

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Idioms for ear

Origin of ear

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before 900; Middle English ere, Old English ēare; cognate with Old Norse eyra, German Ohr, Gothic auso, Latin auris, Lithuanian ausìs, Greek oûs

OTHER WORDS FROM ear

ear·less, adjectiveear·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fall on deaf ears (1 of 2)

ear1
/ (ɪə) /

noun

Derived forms of ear

earless, adjectiveearlike, adjective

Word Origin for ear

Old English ēare; related to Old Norse eyra, Old High German ōra, Gothic ausō, Greek ous, Latin auris

British Dictionary definitions for fall on deaf ears (2 of 2)

ear2
/ (ɪə) /

noun

the part of a cereal plant, such as wheat or barley, that contains the seeds, grains, or kernels

verb

(intr) (of cereal plants) to develop such parts

Word Origin for ear

Old English ēar; related to Old High German ahar, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs ear, Latin acus chaff, Greek akros pointed
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Medical definitions for fall on deaf ears

ear
[ îr ]

n.

The organ of hearing, responsible for maintaining equilibrium as well as sensing sound and divided into the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.
The part of this organ that is externally visible.
The sense of hearing.
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Scientific definitions for fall on deaf ears (1 of 2)

ear1
[ îr ]

The vertebrate organ of hearing, which in mammals is usually composed of three parts: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. The organs of balance are also located in the ear.
An invertebrate organ analogous to the vertebrate ear.

Scientific definitions for fall on deaf ears (2 of 2)

ear2
[ îr ]

The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn or wheat.
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Cultural definitions for fall on deaf ears

ear

The organ of hearing, which also plays a role in maintaining balance. It is divided into the outer ear (from the outside to the eardrum), the middle ear, and the inner ear.

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Idioms and Phrases with fall on deaf ears (1 of 2)

fall on deaf ears

Be ignored or disregarded, as in Any advice we give them about remodeling seems to fall on deaf ears. This expression transfers physical inability to hear to someone who does not want to listen. [1400s] Also see turn a deaf ear.

Idioms and Phrases with fall on deaf ears (2 of 2)

ear

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