ear·ful | \ ˈir-ˌfu̇l \

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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Cardboard Chuck Schumer heard an earful as the townhall turned into a protest. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Angry Brooklyn Democrats berate cardboard cutout of Chuck Schumer.," 3 July 2018 Levine cold-called the chief operating officer, mispronouncing his name badly and getting an earful for it — and an invitation to New York. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018 Fans of Junior Wells and Stevie Ray Vaughan will went to get an earful of Studebaker John. John Adamian, courant.com, "Music Festivals And Concerts Not To Miss This Week," 18 June 2018 And today by the way, on Capitol Hill, the FBI director got an earful over the double standard on the investigations into Hillary and Trump. Fox News, "Sessions defends zero tolerance immigration policy," 19 June 2018 President Trump's decision to levy steep tariffs on steel and aluminum is likely to get him an earful from U.S. allies at the G-7 summit in Quebec on Friday. USA TODAY, "Trump to face chilly reception at G-7 summit," 8 June 2018 Trump looks primed to get an earful from one constituency anxious to salvage a deal: He is set to meet with auto industry CEOs today at the White House. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump is running out of time on NAFTA," 11 May 2018 The group got quite an earful from the public last night in its first stop on a citywide listening tour. Ray Boyd, Philly.com, "Philadelphia march honors LGBT people of color, medical marijuana dispensaries coming to Philly, Eagles set for NFL Draft | Morning Newsletter," 26 Apr. 2018 That brought the winning run to the plate in the form of Braun, who'd given home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg an earful after being called out on strikes his previous at-bat in the eighth. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers, Cardinals make baseball history on Tuesday night," 3 Apr. 2018

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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

: a lot of angry talk

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