earwitness

noun
ear·​wit·​ness | \ ˈir-ˈwit-nəs How to pronounce earwitness (audio) \

Definition of earwitness

: one who overhears something especially : one who gives a report on what has been heard

Examples of earwitness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An earwitness on the safe side of the locker-room door joked about the need to repaint the walls after the coach's halftime address. Kevin Scarbinsky, AL.com, "Tennessee learns Alabama's only challenger is its own head coach," 21 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'earwitness.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of earwitness

1539, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about earwitness

Time Traveler for earwitness

Time Traveler

The first known use of earwitness was in 1539

See more words from the same year

Statistics for earwitness

Cite this Entry

“Earwitness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earwitness. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Comments on earwitness

What made you want to look up earwitness? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!