earwax

noun
ear·​wax | \ ˈir-ˌwaks How to pronounce earwax (audio) \

Definition of earwax

: the yellow waxy secretion from the glands of the external ear

called also cerumen

Examples of earwax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's nothing grosser than pulling out your earbuds to share with a friend, only to realize there's nasty earwax lodged inside. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your Gross, Gunk-Filled AirPods," 1 Dec. 2020 Family Feud host Steve Harvey was grossed out by a recent prompt about earwax on the show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See Steve Harvey Threaten to QUIT 'Family Feud' While Looking for Answers to the "Grossest" Question," 25 Nov. 2020 The 3% product sold at grocery stores and drugstores can be poured on cuts and scrapes and be used to clean out earwax. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Hydrogen peroxide has many uses in your garden and around the house," 17 Aug. 2020 After 1960, Jillian Sackler said, Arthur played only a passive role in the company, which made prosaic treatments such as laxatives, earwax remover and topical disinfectant. Washington Post, "The Other Sackler: Inside a widow’s campaign to protect her husband’s name from the opioid addiction epidemic," 27 Nov. 2019 Alright, there is pretty much nothing more mortifying (or gross) than pulling out your earbuds to share with a friend, only to realize that there's nasty earwax lodged inside. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How To Keep Your AirPods From Becoming a Gunk-Filled Mess," 4 Nov. 2019 The earplugs also feature an ergonomic design with earwax protection that allows you to keep the plugs in for hours at a time. NBC News, "These discreet earplugs might save your hearing—and they're under $20," 17 Oct. 2019 Gone are the days of clunking heads together while sharing one pair of earbuds—not to mention having to scrape someone else’s earwax out of your tiny speaker grates. Wired, "How to Share Your iPhone Audio With a Friend," 24 Sep. 2019 Museums have long collected whale specimens, many containing massive plugs of earwax (above: actual size, roughly 10 inches in length). Stephen J. Trumble, National Geographic, "See our four favorite scientific breakthroughs this month," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of earwax

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Earwax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earwax. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for earwax

earwax

noun
How to pronounce earwax (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of earwax

: a waxlike substance produced inside the ear

earwax

noun
ear·​wax | \ ˈir-ˌwaks How to pronounce earwax (audio) \

Kids Definition of earwax

: a yellowish brown waxy substance made by glands in the canal of the outer part of the ear

earwax

noun
ear·​wax | \ ˈi(ə)r-ˌwaks How to pronounce earwax (audio) \

Medical Definition of earwax

: the yellow waxy secretion from the glands of the external ear

called also cerumen

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