ear·​ful | \ ˈir-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce earful (audio) \

Definition of earful

1 : an outpouring of news or gossip
2 : an outpouring of anger, abuse, or complaint

Examples of earful in a Sentence

I got an earful about what a bad job I had done. He gave me an earful.

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Insurance Commissioner Lara has been meeting with local leaders in the 10 counties affected by this and, by all accounts, getting an earful. Ed Leefeldt, CBS News, "After wildfires, hundreds of thousands of Californians can't get insurance," 30 Aug. 2019 Most powerful nerds EA Sports Madden ratings adjustors showed up and got an earful from Waller’s teammates about his skills after the game gave him a 68/100 rating. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, "‘Hard Knocks’ awards: Antonio Brown delivers tour-de-force performance," 21 Aug. 2019 The Minnesota Supreme Court will get an earful Tuesday about St. Paul’s decision to move forward with the citywide trash collection system that began in October. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "How to watch today’s St. Paul organized trash arguments at the MN Supreme Court online," 20 Aug. 2019 Church officials met with St. Ignatius parishioners last week and got an earful from parents upset about Drew's transfer to the parish despite the complaints at St. Maximilian. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "Shake-up at archdiocese: Cincinnati's No. 2 bishop failed to share complaints about priest," 5 Aug. 2019 When his next shot flew the green, CBS microphones captured Watson’s boiling point, with caddie Ted Scott catching an earful for an apparent miscue in club selection. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "Is TPC River Highlands a cushy landing spot for PGA pros after the grind of a U.S. Open? It’s not that simple," 18 June 2019 The Stillwater Area School Board got an earful Thursday evening from deeply divided constituents about Superintendent Denise Pontrelli. Nick Woltman, Twin Cities, "Embattled Stillwater superintendent gets public support at meeting," 25 July 2019 Before the vetoes, lawmakers heard an earful from Alaskans who support the governor’s approach. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "As individual Alaskans testify against Dunleavy vetoes, organizations lobby as well," 6 July 2019 Ronnie wakes up in a jail cell — post-bender — and after getting an earful from Det. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "'The Chi': Emmett takes action and Kevin gets grounded," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of earful

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of earful was in 1864

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English Language Learners Definition of earful

informal : a lot of angry talk

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