earworm

noun
ear·​worm | \ ˈir-ˌwərm How to pronounce earworm (audio) \

Definition of earworm

2 : a song or melody that keeps repeating in one's mind

Examples of earworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sinking into your thoughts like the best earworm, Crazy in Love will stay with you long after its fades from your pulse points. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 Likewise, when Walker Hayes played his earworm Fancy Like, lyrics from the song ran across the banners. Mark Gray, PEOPLE.com, 8 Mar. 2022 Powered by an earworm finger-snapping beat, a regretful Maluma is asking his significant other for a second chance. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 4 Feb. 2022 Uploaded on June 17, 2016, this song is an earworm for anyone who hears it. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 25 Jan. 2022 Today, capturing customers is no longer as quaint as crafting an earworm, but reliant instead on the culling of data on millions of users across the internet, personal devices, and even smart TVs. Alex Reice, The Week, 9 Jan. 2022 Its radio jingle burrowed into listeners’ brains like an earworm. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 The animated import also acquainted U.S. viewers with the composer Yoko Kanno, whose swinging earworm of a theme song became among the most recognizable in anime. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 This Italian slasher ends in a dizzying babysitter-killing climax scored with a repetitive prog piano-riff earworm that’s unlike anything the American productions dared to tackle. Gem Seddon, Vulture, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of earworm

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

5 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Earworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earworm. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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