ears are burning

idiom
variants: or feel one's ears burning
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ears are burning

humorous
used to say that someone has the feeling that other people are talking about him or her
  • I bet his ears are burning right now.
  • "We were talking about you last night." "That explains why I felt my ears burning."

Word by Word Definitions

ear play ears
  1. : the characteristic vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium consisting in the typical mammal of a sound-collecting outer ear separated by the tympanic membrane from a sound-transmitting middle ear that in turn is separated from a sensory inner ear by membranous fenestrae

  2. : any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion

  3. : the external ear of humans and most mammals

  1. : the fruiting spike of a cereal (such as wheat or corn) including both the seeds and protective structures

  1. : to form ears in growing

burning play
  1. : being on fire

  2. : ardent, intense

  3. : affecting with or as if with heat


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