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

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An analysis of pop recordings proves that for the past decade, record labels have quietly been producing the most earsplitting CDs possible. Rip Rowan, WIRED, "Pump Up the Volume," 1 Jan. 2004

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First Known Use of earsplitting

1761, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of earsplitting

of a sound : extremely loud or harsh

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