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ear trumpet

a trumpet-shaped device held to the ear for collecting and intensifying sounds and once commonly used as an aid to hearing.
Origin of ear trumpet
1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for ear-trumpet
Historical Examples
  • The last we see of the Vain Woman, she is trying to hold the ear-trumpet to her ear, and exits, sobbing.

    Contemporary One-Act Plays Sir James M. Barrie
  • "You had better use an ear-trumpet," remarked the Wasp impertinently.

    The Cricket's Friends Virginia W. Johnson
  • Mrs. Boodels, without troubling herself to raise her ear-trumpet, smiles blandly and proceeds with her knitting.

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • For some time after the deafness began, she did not use an ear-trumpet.

    Harriet Martineau Florence Fenwick Miller
  • She gripped her ear-trumpet resolutely, and held it before her and shook her head.

    The Wonderful Visit Herbert George Wells
  • "I submit to the consequences of my deafness, rather than annoy you by the ear-trumpet," was his answer.

    Jessamine Marion Harland
  • He saw as with microscope, heard as with ear-trumpet, and his memory was a photographic register of all he saw and heard.

  • And Joe snatched the ear-trumpet out of his hand, and jerked it over a shed into the field behind.

  • The concave hand held behind the ear answers in some degree the purpose of an ear-trumpet.

    Popular Education Ira Mayhew
  • Her hair was a rich raw sienna, and any man would have made love to her had she but carried an ear-trumpet.

    Marge Askinforit Barry Pain
British Dictionary definitions for ear-trumpet

ear trumpet

a trumpet-shaped instrument that amplifies sounds and is held to the ear: an old form of hearing aid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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