listen with only half an ear

Definition of listen with only half an ear

  1. :  to not listen closely When I told my story, my brother listened with only half an ear.

Word by Word Definitions

listenplay
  1. :  to give ear to :  hear

    :  to pay attention to sound

    :  to hear something with thoughtful attention :  give consideration

  1. :  an act of listening

onlyplay
  1. :  unquestionably the best :  peerless

    :  alone in a class or category :  sole

    :  having no brother or sister

  1. :  as a single fact or instance and nothing more or different :  merely

    :  solely, exclusively

    :  at the very least

  1. :  with the restriction that :  but

    :  and yet :  however

    :  were it not that :  except

halfplay
  1. :  either of two equal parts that compose something

    :  a part approximately equal to one of these

    :  one of a pair: such as

  1. :  being one of two equal parts

    :  that is approximately equal to either of two equal parts that compose something :  amounting to approximately half

    :  falling short of the full or complete thing :  partial

  1. :  in an equal part or degree

    :  not completely :  partially

    :  by any means :  at all

  1. :  the characteristic vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium consisting in the typical mammal of a sound-collecting outer ear separated by the tympanic membrane from a sound-transmitting middle ear that in turn is separated from a sensory inner ear by membranous fenestrae

    :  any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion

    :  the external ear of humans and most mammals

  1. :  the fruiting spike of a cereal (such as wheat or corn) including both the seeds and protective structures

  1. :  to form ears in growing


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