earsplitting

adjective
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 Periodical cicadas are known for their earsplitting sounds, which are produced by the male of the species to attract females. USA Today, "When will the cicadas emerge in 2021? How long will they be around after they come out? When will they be back?," 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, "The Call: Vikings will be missing fans and Danielle Hunter," 12 Sep. 2020 Then came an earsplitting explosion, then another, and another. Jennet Conant, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a chemical weapons disaster in World War II led to a U.S. cover-up—and a new cancer treatment," 18 Aug. 2020 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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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 Apr. 2021.

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earsplitting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of earsplitting

of a sound : extremely loud or harsh

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