earworm

earworm

1 [eer-wurm]
noun
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earworm

2 [eer-wurm] Informal.
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:
1980–85; loan translation of German Ohrwurm ‘catchy tune, earwig’

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earworm (ˈɪəˌwɜːm)
 
n
informal an irritatingly catchy tune
 
[C20: from German Ohrwurm earwig]

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Main Entry:  earworm1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a large destructive moth larva (Heliothis zea) that feeds on corn and other crops; also called corn earworm, bollworm, vetchworm; also written ear worm
Main Entry:  earworm2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  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
Example:  The song played in the grocery store became an earworm for her.
Etymology:  German ohrwurm
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