noun, plural earfuls.
an outpouring of oral information or advice, especially when given without solicitation.
a sharp verbal rebuke; a scolding.

1915–20; ear1 + -ful

See -ful.
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earful (ˈɪəfʊl)
1.  something heard or overheard
2.  a rebuke or scolding, esp a lengthy or severe one

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Word Origin & History

"a piece of one's mind," 1917, from ear (1) + -ful.
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Example sentences
You'll get an earful from the lively counter help about how lobster meat
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