Definition of ear-sore in US English:

ear-sore

noun

  • Something disagreeable to the ear; a very unpleasant noise.

adjective

rare
  • Having sore or deafened ears. Formerly also: deafening, cacophonous.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Carew (1555–1620), antiquary and poet. From ear + sore, probably after eyesore<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Allen's Indian Mail. From ear + sore.

Pronunciation

ear-sore

/ˈɪəsɔː/