Meaning of EAR in English


/ ɪə(r); NAmE ɪr/ noun


[ C ] either of the organs on the sides of the head that you hear with :

an ear infection

the inner / outer ear

She whispered something in his ear.

He put his hands over his ears.

She's had her ears pierced.

The elephant flapped its ears.

He was always there with a sympathetic ear (= a willingness to listen to people) .

—picture at body

—see also cauliflower ear , glue ear , middle ear


-eared (in adjectives) having the type of ears mentioned :

a long-eared owl


[ sing. ] an ability to recognize and copy sounds well :

You need a good ear to master the piano.


[ C ] the top part of a grain plant, such as wheat , that contains the seeds :

ears of corn


- be all ears

- be out on your ear

- be up to your ears in sth

- sth comes to / reaches sb's ears

- sb's ears are burning

- sb's ears are flapping

- go in one ear and out the other

- have sth coming out of your ears

- have sb's ear | have the ear of sb

- keep / have your ear to the ground

- play (sth) by ear

- play it by ear

- shut / close your ears to sth

- smile / grin / beam from ear to ear

- with half an ear

—more at believe , bend verb , box noun , box verb , cock verb , deaf adjective , easy adjective , feel verb , flea , lend , music , open adjective , pig noun , prick verb , ring verb , silk , thick adjective , wall noun , wet adjective , word noun



senses 1 to 3 and idsym. Old English ēare , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch oor and German Ohr , from an Indo-European root shared by Latin auris and Greek ous .

sense 4 Old English ēar , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aar and German Ähre .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.