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adjective ear·split·ting \-ˌspli-tiŋ\

of a sound : extremely loud or harsh

Full Definition of EARSPLITTING

:  distressingly loud or shrill


  1. The train's whistle made an earsplitting noise.
  2. <the earsplitting noise coming from the jackhammers at the construction site>

First Known Use of EARSPLITTING


Synonym Discussion of EARSPLITTING

loud, stentorian, earsplitting, raucous, strident mean marked by intensity or volume of sound. loud applies to any volume above normal and may suggest undue vehemence or obtrusiveness <loud shouts of protest>. stentorian implies great power and range <an actor with a stentorian voice>. earsplitting implies loudness that is physically discomforting <the earsplitting sound of a siren>. raucous implies a loud harsh grating tone, especially of voice, and may suggest rowdiness <the raucous shouts of drunken revelers>. strident implies a rasping discordant but insistent quality, especially of voice <the strident voices of hecklers>.


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