fall on deaf ears

fall on deaf ear
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl on, awn def eer]
    • /fɔl ɒn, ɔn dɛf ɪər/
    • /fɔːl ɒn def ɪər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl on, awn def eer]
    • /fɔl ɒn, ɔn dɛf ɪər/

Definitions of fall on deaf ears words

  • noun fall on deaf ears the organ of hearing and equilibrium in vertebrates, in humans consisting of an external ear that gathers sound vibrations, a middle ear in which the vibrations resonate against the tympanic membrane, and a fluid-filled internal ear that maintains balance and that conducts the tympanic vibrations to the auditory nerve, which transmits them as impulses to the brain. 1
  • noun fall on deaf ears the external ear alone: The hat completely covers his ears. 1
  • noun fall on deaf ears the sense of hearing: sounds that are pleasing to the ear. 1
  • noun fall on deaf ears keen or sensitive perception of the differences of sound, especially sensitiveness to the quality and correctness of musical sounds: an ear for music; a violinist with a good ear. 1
  • noun fall on deaf ears attention; heed: to gain a person's ear. 1
  • noun fall on deaf ears any part that resembles or suggests an ear in position or form, as the handle of a teacup. 1

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Origin of fall on deaf ears

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

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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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