ear piercing

ear pierc·ing
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [eer peer-sing]
    • /ɪər ˈpɪər sɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [eer peer-sing]
    • /ɪər ˈpɪər sɪŋ/

Definitions of ear piercing words

  • noun ear piercing hole in ear for jewellery 2
  • adjective ear piercing extremely harsh and irritating to the ear: ear-piercing noise. 1
  • noun ear piercing making holes in ears for jewellery 1
  • adjective ear piercing scream, etc.: high-pitched 1
  • noun ear piercing the making of a hole in the lobe of an ear, using a sterilized needle, so that an earring may be worn fastened in the hole 0

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Origin of ear piercing

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
First recorded in 1595-1605

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Parts of speech for Ear piercing


ear piercing popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 64% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

ear piercing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ear piercing

adj ear piercing

  • ringing — a ringing sound, as of a bell or bells: the ring of sleigh bells.
  • blaring — to emit a loud, raucous sound: The trumpets blared as the procession got under way.
  • vociferous — crying out noisily; clamorous.
  • rowdy — a rough, disorderly person.
  • thunderous — producing thunder or a loud noise like thunder: thunderous applause.

Antonyms for ear piercing

adj ear piercing

  • quiet — making no noise or sound, especially no disturbing sound: quiet neighbors.
  • silent — making no sound; quiet; still: a silent motor.
  • insignificant — unimportant, trifling, or petty: Omit the insignificant details.
  • unimportant — of much or great significance or consequence: an important event in world history.
  • restrained — characterized by restraint: The actor gave a restrained performance.

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