ear·​split·​ting | \ ˈir-ˌspli-tiŋ How to pronounce earsplitting (audio) \

Definition of earsplitting

: distressingly loud or shrill

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loud, stentorian, earsplitting, raucous, strident mean marked by intensity or volume of sound. loud applies to any volume above normal and may suggest undue vehemence or obtrusiveness. loud shouts of protest stentorian implies great power and range. an actor with a stentorian voice earsplitting implies loudness that is physically discomforting. the earsplitting sound of a siren raucous implies a loud harsh grating tone, especially of voice, and may suggest rowdiness. the raucous shouts of drunken revelers strident implies a rasping discordant but insistent quality, especially of voice. the strident voices of hecklers

Examples of earsplitting in a Sentence

The train's whistle made an earsplitting noise. the earsplitting noise coming from the jackhammers at the construction site
Recent Examples on the Web Those rounded up included Mr. Ding, who later told his lawyer that investigators forced him to stay awake by constantly showing him an adulatory documentary about China’s leader, Mr. Xi, at an earsplitting volume for 10 days and nights. New York Times, 8 Jan. 2022 The Aztecs have played in some earsplitting environments since their ascension into college basketball relevance. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2022 The Bell model produced an earsplitting 130 decibels. David A. Taylor, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2022 In Libya, the radio from a passing car spurs rage in Majid Mokhtar Sasy al-Maghrebi, reminding him of the C.I.A. prison where earsplitting music was just one assault to his senses. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 The earsplitting sound of rockets shrieking above the tidal flats has caused some, such as shorebirds, to flee in terror or to stop nesting in the area altogether. New York Times, 24 May 2021 Many fans call the amorphous sound social reject music, which captures their ironic sense of themselves as the lowest of the low, playfully dissing one another for devouring such low-quality, earsplitting, coarse rap tunes. New York Times, 16 May 2021 Periodical cicadas are known for their earsplitting sounds, which are produced by the male of the species to attract females. USA Today, 30 Mar. 2021 Instead of asking fans to rattle Aaron Rodgers with earsplitting noise, the Vikings will rely on a recorded soundtrack that can't be played above 75 decibels and showcase cardboard cutouts that fans can purchase for $150 apiece. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, 12 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of earsplitting

1761, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earsplitting was in 1761

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“Earsplitting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earsplitting. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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