Meaning of EAR in English



Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Your ~s are the two parts of your body, one on each side of your head, with which you h~ sounds.

He whispered something in her ~...

I’m having my ~s pierced.



If you have an ~ for music or language, you are able to h~ its sounds accurately and to interpret them or reproduce them well.

Moby certainly has a fine ~ for a tune...

An ~ for foreign languages is advantageous.

N-SING: with supp, usu N for n


Ear is often used to refer to people’s willingness to listen to what someone is saying.

What would cause the masses to give him a far more sympathetic ~?...

They had shut their eyes and ~s to everything.

N-COUNT: oft adj N


The ~s of a cereal plant such as wheat or barley are the parts at the top of the stem, which contain the seeds or grains.

N-COUNT: usu pl


If someone says that they are all ~s, they mean that they are ready and eager to listen. (INFORMAL)

PHRASE: usu v-link PHR


If a request falls on deaf ~s or if the person to whom the request is made turns a deaf ~ to it, they take no notice of it.

I hope that our appeals will not fall on deaf ~s...

He has turned a resolutely deaf ~ to American demands for action.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you keep or have your ~ to the ground, you make sure that you find out about the things that people are doing or saying.

Jobs in manufacturing are relatively scarce but I keep my ~ to the ground.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you lend an ~ to someone or their problems, you listen to them carefully and sympathetically.

They are always willing to lend an ~ and offer what advice they can.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you say that something goes in one ~ and out the other, you mean that someone pays no attention to it, or forgets about it immediately.

That rubbish goes in one ~ and out the other.

PHRASE: V inflects


If someone says that you will be out on your ~, they mean that you will be forced to leave a job, an organization or a place suddenly. (INFORMAL)

We never objected. We’d have been out on our ~s looking for another job if we had.

PHRASE: N inflects, v-link PHR


If you play by ~ or play a piece of music by ~, you play music by relying on your memory rather than by reading printed music.

Neil played, by ~, the music he’d h~d his older sister practicing.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you play it by ~, you decide what to say or do in a situation by responding to events rather than by following a plan which you have decided on in advance.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you are up to your ~s in something, it is taking up all of your time, attention, or resources.

He was desperate. He was in debt up to his ~s.

PHRASE: v-link PHR, oft PHR in n


music to your ~s: see music

wet behind the ~s: see wet

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