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

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At the theme parks, a lot of the rides will load the hordes into boats that float through movie scenes or saddle you with an earworm. Jim Webster, Twin Cities, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 29 June 2019 At the theme parks, a lot of the rides will load the hordes into boats that float through movie scenes or saddle you with an earworm. Noy Thrupkaew And Jim Webster, Houston Chronicle, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 28 June 2019 Disney’s back with another trailer for Frozen II, the sequel to its earworm-inducing animated blockbuster that hints at Elsa’s larger magical destiny to save her kingdom. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The past is not what it seems in the latest Frozen II trailer," 11 June 2019 Many a patron was sent off into Rice Park humming or whistling one of the concert’s multiple earworms. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Let the SPCO send you into summer with memorable Mozart," 8 June 2019 It was announced today that Missy Elliott, the trailblazing female hip-hop artist known for her earworm-y raps, will be the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Missy Elliott Makes History as the First Female Rapper in the Songwriters Hall of Fame," 12 Jan. 2019 The commercials ran for years and made the tune, as sung by Mrs. VerPlanck, an American earworm. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Marlene VerPlanck, commercial ‘jingle queen’ and singer of Great American Songbook, dies at 84," 19 Jan. 2018 Her latest songwriting collaborators — including Max Martin and Shellback — have proven track records for commercial success and creating earworm-worthy pop anthems, but not for innovation or risk-taking. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pink, 17 years into her solo career, bringing her 'Beautiful Trauma' and soaring show to San Diego," 22 May 2018 His lyricism and catchy hooks not only gave a movie its distinct signature but also could turn a film-going memory into an earworm. Tim Greiving, latimes.com, "How much gold can lie in 45 Oscar losses? In the case of John Williams, the answer is: Tons," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of earworm

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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