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[eer-foo l] /ˈɪərˌfʊl/
noun, plural earfuls.
an outpouring of oral information or advice, especially when given without solicitation.
a sharp verbal rebuke; a scolding.
Origin of earful
1915-20; ear1 + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for earful
  • You'll get an earful from the lively counter help about how lobster meat deserves better than a hot dog bun.
  • Occasionally they get an earful from an offended viewer.
  • Ask to talk to the owner to get an earful of his green eating philosophy.
  • And the boys gave us an earful because we'd committed a grievous sin.
  • Then, develop some parent-tested strategies for soothing your little tearful earful.
  • Dog gets an earful of the sounds animals make when he spends a day with his friends.
  • The chairman visited an agricultural cooperative on the street and heard an earful about the lack of fertilizer.
  • Besides, he never missed an opportunity to give me an earful of his daily problems related to his research efforts.
British Dictionary definitions for earful


noun (informal)
something heard or overheard
a rebuke or scolding, esp a lengthy or severe one
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Word Origin and History for earful

"a piece of one's mind," 1917, from ear (n.1) + -ful.

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