Definition of ear-piercing in US English:



  • attributive Loud and shrill.

    ‘the alarm emits an ear-piercing screech’
    • ‘One night, we were all awakened by an ear-piercing scream from our neighbour, on the eastern side of the homestead.’
    • ‘The only reply he received was a shrill, blood-curdling, ear-piercing scream that seemed to echo in the small, still room.’
    • ‘The volume just increased and there was a sharp ear-piercing sound that made them cover their ears.’
    • ‘Anyone asking for a no-obligation insurance quote can claim a free mini keyring alarm, which emits an ear-piercing 128-decibel sound when activated.’
    • ‘The scratching on the door continued as did the creature's ear-piercing cries.’
    • ‘She bent her head over and exhaled deeply, but just then the dragon let out an ear-piercing shriek and made a dive right at them.’
    • ‘The portal reached its maximum diameter and an ear-piercing roar was unleashed from within its depths.’
    • ‘Their conversation is interrupted by a shrill, ear-piercing scream from across the hall.’
    • ‘Frozen in fear after hearing an ear-piercing screech, she slowly turns, to see something huge flying above her.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, the cries stopped to give way an ear-piercing wail.’
    • ‘Magnus kicked all the DJ equipment to the floor with ear-piercing feedback.’
    • ‘He turned around just as an ear-piercing shriek of something definitely not human filled his ears.’
    • ‘Bahamut came to an instant halt when the bullet hit, an ear-piercing explosion followed.’
    • ‘Just when I was about to lose all hope a loud ear-piercing scream echoed through the darkness.’
    • ‘The horrible ear-piercing sound was too painful to hear.’
    • ‘The filthy thug laughed giddily, his voice slowly rising in pitch until it became an ear-piercing shriek.’
    • ‘Then Stefan let out a loud ear-piercing scream.’
    • ‘No sooner had the word left her mouth, an ear-piercing explosion sounded from within the door.’
    • ‘She even joined in on sax for a few ear-piercing squawks, and the resulting tone is hard to describe.’
    • ‘Letting his wavy brown hair cover his darkened eyes, a shrill, ear-piercing scream filled the hallways.’
    • ‘Then, there was a loud ear-piercing sound coming from the other end of the line.’
    very great, huge, enormous, immense, colossal, massive, prodigious, stupendous, tremendous, monumental, mammoth, vast, gigantic, giant, mighty, herculean, epic, monstrous, titanic, towering, king-sized, king-size
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  • The practice of making holes in the lobes or edges of the ears to allow the wearing of earrings.

    • ‘Well, kids these days seem to get their first ear-piercing for their first birthday, then they have 17 in each lobe, and finally they come home with a pierced naval which screams of infection.’
    • ‘As it stands anyone can set themselves up as a body piercer without a licence or qualifications, despite stringent rules for ear-piercing and tattoos.’
    • ‘I thought myself a feisty, little girl with my short, spiked hair and my three ear-piercings and fake nose ring.’
    • ‘A friend of his started experimenting with ear-piercing: and soon they were all at it.’
    • ‘Sitting next to her was a young man with a shaved head, topknot of hair, ear-piercings you could fit a dinner plate in, tattoos and a leather notebook in which he was writing.’
    • ‘Other possible ways of contracting the disease include tattoos and ear-piercing - he had both - but the exact cause will never be determined.’
    • ‘There's a lot of kind of tribal-type decoration and tattoos and ear-piercings and people would cut up their clothes in a very careful way.’
    • ‘Mega ear-piercing and fake nails are probably not uncommon among the girls she knows.’