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Definitions of ear word
- noun ear the part of a cereal plant, as corn, wheat, etc., that contains the flowers and hence the fruit, grains, or kernels. 1
- idioms ear be all ears, Informal. to give all one's attention; listen: We were all ears as the scandal was revealed. 1
- idioms ear bend an ear, to listen attentively: to bend an ear to a request for aid. 1
- idioms ear bend someone's ear, Informal. to talk to someone uninterruptedly and often so as to induce boredom: He'll bend your ear for hours if given the chance. 1
- idioms ear by ear, without reference to written or printed music: to play the piano by ear. 1
- idioms ear fall on deaf ears, to be disregarded; pass unheeded: Their pleas for mercy fell on deaf ears. 1
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Origin of ear
First appearance:before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English ere, Old English ēare; cognate with Old Norse eyra, German Ohr, Gothic auso, Latin auris, Lithuanian ausìs, Greek oûs
Parts of speech for Ear
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
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Synonyms for ear
- taste — to try or test the flavor or quality of (something) by taking some into the mouth: to taste food.
- mind — (in a human or other conscious being) the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.: the processes of the human mind.
- remark — to say casually, as in making a comment: Someone remarked that tomorrow would be a warm day.
- perception — the act or faculty of perceiving, or apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.
- observance — an act or instance of following, obeying, or conforming to: the observance of traffic laws.
Antonyms for ear
- disinclination — the absence of inclination; reluctance; unwillingness.
- carelessness — not paying enough attention to what one does: a careless typist.
- heedless — careless; thoughtless; unmindful: Heedless of the danger, he returned to the burning building to save his dog.
- thoughtlessness — lacking in consideration for others; inconsiderate; tactless: a thoughtless remark.
- inattention — lack of attention; negligence.
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