ear-shattering

adjective ear-shat·ter·ing

Definition of ear-shattering

:distressingly or painfully loud :earsplitting
  • … there was an ear-shattering blast of trumpets, entirely off key …
  • —Norton JusterThe Phantom Tollbooth1961
  • … the sound was an ear-shattering screech, like a freight train highballing with a partially locked brake.
  • —Alexander StuartFortune3 May 1982
  • … delivered an ear-shattering performance that inspired fans to hurl themselves violently at the stage.
  • People Weekly, 7 Sept. 1987

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First Known Use of ear-shattering

circa 1859


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