ear·bud | \ˈir-ˌbəd \

Definition of earbud 

: a small earphone inserted into the ear

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For me, someone who wears earbuds everywhere and has a Sonos Play:5 at home, the answer is no. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Bose SoundWear Companion neck speaker review," 4 May 2018 Google also developed some accessories, like its own pair of wireless earbuds, called Pixel Buds. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Pixel 2, Pixelbook, and Home Max—All the Big News From Google's Gadget Event," 4 Oct. 2017 Rachel yanked the earbud out, stuffed the ectophone in her purse and ran back towards the duelling field. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland," 17 June 2018 Malik has been dropping hints that the follow-up to his 2016 solo debut, Mind of Mine, will be hitting the earbuds of eager fans sooner vs. later. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Zayn Malik Covers Elvis Presley's 'Can't Help Falling in Love': Listen," 8 July 2018 These Shure SE215s are just really good in-ear noise-canceling earbuds. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s In Your Bag, Michael Brun?," 6 July 2018 Again, these are issues most truly wireless earbuds face. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Father’s Day gift guide," 13 June 2018 With the help of those magical silicone winglets, these earbuds stay in place no matter how vigorous the exercise or activity. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus Bullets Wireless review: exceeding expectations," 21 May 2018 Young entrepreneurs hunch over laptops and smartphones, earbuds tucked firmly into their ears. Marissa Lang, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rwanda’s ambition for tech revolution at odds with government control," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of earbud

1984, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of earbud

: a small earphone that you insert into your ear

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