Definition of cauliflower ear in English:

cauliflower ear


  • A person's ear that has become thickened or deformed as a result of repeated blows, typically in boxing or rugby.

    • ‘He has cauliflower ears and mangled knees to show for the silver medal he won at the 1966 Commonwealth Games, but he still manages to spend more than 30 hours a week on the course.’
    • ‘The ears, I don't know if you noticed, he's got cauliflower ears.’
    • ‘He's paid out good money to have his teeth capped and cauliflower ear sorted.’
    • ‘Rugby is a contact sport, and injuries are as much part of the game as cauliflower ears and post-match pints.’
    • ‘One of the most common injuries for wrestlers is cauliflower ears.’
    • ‘And his cauliflower ears, toothless grin and boneless nose are testimony to his unrelenting quest for simulated perfection.’
    • ‘That approach often gives you a permanent cauliflower ear.’
    • ‘Stewart said around a fifth of his male clients were former rugby players wanting operations to fix their cauliflower ears caused by years of damage in scrums.’
    • ‘On review at three months, the patient had developed an unsightly cauliflower ear, with loss of supporting cartilage in the upper pinna.’
    • ‘Remember those missing teeth, those cauliflower ears and their scars - those were the receipts of years of savage brawls with some of the greatest teams in the business.’
    • ‘One by one Leonard's team joined the loose-head prop and each hugged him in turn as the roars of the crowd penetrated the tape insulating his cauliflower ears.’
    • ‘Leonard was an early initiate into the underworld of the scrum, earning his first cauliflower ear as a 15-year-old playing for Barking Under-19s.’
    • ‘Rugby players pride themselves on their twisted, bulbous, cauliflower ears, ballet dancers have feet covered in lumps and calluses that betray their art.’
    • ‘The fashion craze for piercing the tops of ears is exposing children to the risk of deformities such as cauliflower ear, specialists at a Yorkshire hospital have warned.’
    • ‘He has cauliflower ears now from a beating he was given by someone who was never formally identified for us.’
    • ‘Cut eyes, broken noses and cauliflower ears are all common in the world's most brutal sport.’
    • ‘Often, lesions appearing on the ears may result in a deformity referred to as cauliflower ear.’
    • ‘He's as decent and honourable as his cauliflower ears are large.’


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