ear·​flap ˈir-ˌflap How to pronounce earflap (audio)
: a warm covering for the ears
especially : an extension on the lower edge of a cap that may be folded up or down

Examples of earflap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An earflap beanie is an essential. Irene Kim, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2022 The pitch appeared to hit Marte on the helmet between the brim and earflap. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2021 The league requires players to wear batting helmets with a front earflap. New York Times, 15 July 2021 Mullins was hit on the earflap of his helmet by Kyle Nelson's pitch in the fourth. Steve Herrick, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 Cute as a button and toasty warm, too, this adorable hat has earflaps to keep a small sledder comfy in the cold. Deborah Hornblow, courant.com, 15 Nov. 2019 The majority of hitters have added the padded plastic that is bolted to the earflap on the batting helmet and extends down a player’s jaw line, covering the cheek bone. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, 21 Apr. 2018 Willie Calhoun, who was the Rangers' left fielder in the B game, said that the incident reinforces his decision to wear a helmet that features a pad that extends from the earflap and protects his jaw. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, 6 Mar. 2018 Eagles center Jason Kelce sported an Elmer Fudd-style wool cap with earflaps that the entire team was given as host-community gifts upon landing. USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of earflap was in 1823

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“Earflap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earflap. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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