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.
Recent Examples on the Web Supervisor Rafael Mandelman recently met with Russ and his neighbors and got an earful. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Twin Peaks closed to traffic to promote social distancing — noise and trash are the result," 9 Sep. 2020 Cole made the tackle near his father on the Jourdanton’s sidelines and got an earful from his father. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "Jourdanton QB shines with direction from father," 27 Aug. 2020 On Twitter, meteorologists who dared to hector their followers about the storm’s proper nomenclature received an earful from Iowans furious about the relative lack of national attention the storm had garnered. Brianna Provenzano, refinery29.com, "Thousands Of Iowans Are Still Homeless, Let’s Not Argue About The Word “Derecho”," 17 Aug. 2020 Wake-up call | South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is getting an earful about the dire state of his nation’s finances and economy from almost everyone — from the IMF to political and corporate leaders. Kathleen Hunter, Bloomberg.com, "From Iowa to D.C., a Political Week to Remember," 10 May 2020 City leaders have gotten an earful from some businesses that have been ordered to close while big-box national retailers remain open. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hartford wrestles with when to reopen Main Street. 'The economic impact on the city is devastating.'," 28 Apr. 2020 After Tucker gave him an earful, the officials gave Harris the boot. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "For Mel Tucker and the CU Buffs, how much fight is left after a pummeling at Oregon?," 12 Oct. 2019 In 2018, Kylie Jenner got an earful of criticism for piercing the ears of her young daughter Stormi Webster, 1. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Khloé Kardashian shuts down long nail mommy-shamers: 'I can wipe my child’s (butt)'," 20 Feb. 2019 Alone under a spotlight for his 30-minute set, Starlite got an earful. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Erykah Badu got angry at her birthday concert. It made her sound even better," 23 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of earful

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Sep 2020

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“Earful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earful. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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informal : a lot of angry talk

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