Definition of ear-piercing in English:

ear-piercing

adjective

  • [attributive] Loud and shrill.

    ‘the alarm emits an ear-piercing screech’
    • ‘The filthy thug laughed giddily, his voice slowly rising in pitch until it became an ear-piercing shriek.’
    • ‘He turned around just as an ear-piercing shriek of something definitely not human filled his ears.’
    • ‘Their conversation is interrupted by a shrill, ear-piercing scream from across the hall.’
    • ‘The portal reached its maximum diameter and an ear-piercing roar was unleashed from within its depths.’
    • ‘She even joined in on sax for a few ear-piercing squawks, and the resulting tone is hard to describe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Frozen in fear after hearing an ear-piercing screech, she slowly turns, to see something huge flying above her.’
    • ‘The only reply he received was a shrill, blood-curdling, ear-piercing scream that seemed to echo in the small, still room.’
    • ‘Then, there was a loud ear-piercing sound coming from the other end of the line.’
    • ‘Magnus kicked all the DJ equipment to the floor with ear-piercing feedback.’
    • ‘The volume just increased and there was a sharp ear-piercing sound that made them cover their ears.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, the cries stopped to give way an ear-piercing wail.’
    • ‘One night, we were all awakened by an ear-piercing scream from our neighbour, on the eastern side of the homestead.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Letting his wavy brown hair cover his darkened eyes, a shrill, ear-piercing scream filled the hallways.’
    • ‘No sooner had the word left her mouth, an ear-piercing explosion sounded from within the door.’
    • ‘Then Stefan let out a loud ear-piercing scream.’
    • ‘The horrible ear-piercing sound was too painful to hear.’
    • ‘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.’

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I thought myself a feisty, little girl with my short, spiked hair and my three ear-piercings and fake nose ring.’
    • ‘Other possible ways of contracting the disease include tattoos and ear-piercing - he had both - but the exact cause will never be determined.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

ear-piercing

/ˈi(ə)rˌpi(ə)rsiNG/