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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But perhaps the biggest one ever was when former View star Elisabeth Hasselbeck gave Joy Behar an earful after an on-air spat with Barbara Walters 13 years ago. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "‘The View’ Fans Shocked at EXPLOSIVE Audio of Elisabeth Hasselbeck After a Feud With Barbara Walters," 5 Apr. 2019 Lawmakers have gotten an earful about election security lately. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Election security legislation may be gaining steam in Congress," 12 July 2018 After enduring an earful from constituents and facing reelection next year, Council members balked at the tax increase and looked for other ways to raise money for schools. Claudia Vargas, Philly.com, "City Council approves, sends to Mayor Kenney, $4.7B budget with no property-tax hike," 21 June 2018 In 2007, when a rainstorm broke out at the Super Bowl and Ms. Redstone and her family sought shelter in CBS’s sky box, Mr. Moonves gave the employee who let them in an earful, according to people familiar with the incident. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Once Allies, Two Media Chiefs Go to War Over the Future of CBS," 28 May 2018 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

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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