ear

1
[ eer ]
/ ɪər /

noun

Idioms for ear

Origin of ear

1
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 up to one's 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 up to one's 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 up to one's 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 up to one's 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 up to one's 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 up to one's 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 up to one's ears (1 of 2)

up to one's ears

Also, in up to one's eyes or eyeballs or neck. Deeply involved; also, oversupplied, surfeited. For example, I'm up to my ears in work, or He's in up to his eyes with the in-laws. This hyperbolic and slangy idiom implies one is flooded with something up to those organs. The first was first recorded in 1839; up to the eyes in 1778; to the eyeballs in 1911; to the neck in 1856.

Idioms and Phrases with up to one's ears (2 of 2)

ear

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