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 However, the senior 7-footer also got yanked for an errant 3-point attempt early in the shot clock, and A.J. Hoggard also got an earful from Izzo for poor flow. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 5 Nov. 2021 Rami got an earful from parents and community members and, after speaking, left the room. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2021 Stone got an earful from an adviser to Republicans for National Renewal. Zach Everson, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Packers coach Matt LaFleur was angry about the lack of the intentional grounding call and gave referee Jerome Boger an earful on his way off the field. Josh Dubow, ajc, 27 Sep. 2021 Now some school boards that oppose the statewide mandate or have gotten an earful from parents are allowing students to go unmasked with just a parent’s signature. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 His constituents also gave the mayor’s office an earful. NBC News, 5 Aug. 2021 After getting fouled on a shot attempt in Wednesday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Ayton got an earful from Booker as he was headed to the line. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2021 Ackley, after getting an earful on his headset for his unit’s insubordination, found Togiai as the defense came off the field. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of earful

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Nov 2021

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“Earful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earful. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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: a lot of angry talk

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