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earworm1

[eer-wurm] /ˈɪərˌwɜrm/
noun

earworm2

[eer-wurm] /ˈɪərˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
a tune or part of a song that repeats in one’s mind.
verb (used with object)
2.
to work (itself or its way) into a person’s mind:
The Pepsi jingles have earwormed their way into my head.
Origin
1980-1985
1980-85; loan translation of German Ohrwurm ‘catchy tune, earwig’
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British Dictionary definitions for ear worm

earworm

/ˈɪəˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
(informal) an irritatingly catchy tune
Word Origin
C20: from German Ohrwurm earwig
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Contemporary definitions for ear worm
noun

See earworm

noun

a song or tune that gets stuck in one's mind and repeats as if on a tape; also written ear-worm , ear worm ; also called cognitive itch , sticky tune

Examples

The song played in the grocery store became an earworm for her.

Word Origin

German ohrwurm

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Slang definitions & phrases for ear worm

ear worm

noun

A song or part of a song that is stuck in one's mind: Billy Joel songs tend to become ear worms


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