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 This little '80s earworm will stay in your head long into November. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "50 Spooky Halloween Songs You Need to Play at Your Costume Party," 9 July 2020 This time, the opening tune is an earworm co-produced by Todrick Hall, the YouTuber who creates viral Disney mashups. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Disneyland debuts new parade amid coronavirus scare: Can magic still happen?," 28 Feb. 2020 Ron Clements and Jon Musker directed the original animated film, which reimagined classic Greek myths with an earworm gospel soundtrack from Disney legend Alan Menken. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Disney to go the distance with live-action Hercules remake," 30 Apr. 2020 Video shot by the boy's mother shows a dozen or so men in the Furn El Chebbak neighborhood of Beirut, the Lebanese capital, belting out the earworm tune that has bewitched children and bedeviled parents around the globe. NBC News, "Lebanon demonstrators belt out 'Baby Shark' to toddler as protests rage," 22 Oct. 2019 In the third movement’s variations on an earworm theme, both orchestra and soloist turned up the heat a touch, but the sound never strayed toward the wild. BostonGlobe.com, "Tanglewood performance with Leonidas Kavakos," 28 Sep. 2019 Children learn how to count the rhythms of music (each class starts with counting practice) and get several earworms stuck in their heads while being encouraged to flap their arms, dance, and follow along to lyric-appropriate hand motions. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "21 Activities to Stream That’ll Keep Your Kids (and You) Occupied," 11 Apr. 2020 The music itself is different: earworm Americana instead of sweetly sloppy punk. Eryn Loeb, Longreads, "On Watching Boys Play Music," 8 Apr. 2020 Intrusive thoughts bounced around my skull like toxic earworms. Susannah Cahalan, New York Times, "Is Fear the Last Taboo of American Motherhood?," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of earworm

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Earworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earworm. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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