Definition of earful in US English:



  • 1A prolonged amount of talking, typically an angry reprimand.

    ‘he gave his players an earful at halftime’
    • ‘In my last Red Sox post I confidently predicted a World Series victory this year for Boston's team - and got an earful from myriad Sox fans convinced I was jinxing them.’
    • ‘Also, they're having to help cover the cost of the higher players' salaries, but they are still getting an earful from the fans.’
    • ‘The Minister of Economic Affairs got an earful from angry business leaders from Taiwan's top technology park yesterday.’
    • ‘House lawmakers now head back to their districts for holiday recess, where they will get an earful from their constituents.’
    • ‘You don't have to spend much time with citizens to get an earful - or maybe two ears full - of opinion about the state of ethics in American journalism.’
    • ‘I felt a lecture coming, and I readied myself for an earful.’
    • ‘I heard an earful of that in the course of the campaign.’
    • ‘Eursoc warns us that the EU will employ telemarketers to get us to vote - I pity them for the earfuls they will get.’
    • ‘The commission got an earful of confused and angry voters on election day.’
    • ‘The company, already fighting with retirees in court over changes made to its pension plan in the 1990s, is now getting an earful from angry retirees about health-care costs.’
    • ‘There were the subsequent occasions I was unfortunate enough to cop an earful.’
    • ‘He apparently got an earful at his townhall meeting in Fairfax today.’
    • ‘Getting a constant earful from your folks is a total bummer.’
    • ‘Because I am an ‘outsider’, I often get an earful.’
    • ‘The next day when I showed up for school, I got off the bus, got hauled into the principal's office, got an earful, and I got sent home with an angry letter to my mom.’
    • ‘I have no doubt her guests were regaled with tales of the idiocy of the yard crew, a rehearsal I am sure for the earful Rick is going to get bright and early in the morning.’
    • ‘May I please have the writer's email address to give him an earful directly?’
    • ‘These event organizers are going to get an earful about it.’
    • ‘I have not heard one negative thing from anybody about this year's festival, where last year I had a real earful from local musicians.’
    • ‘If you want to get an earful of vegan philosophy, just ask this author what she thinks of genetically engineered foods.’
    reprimand, rebuke, reproof, remonstrance, reproach, admonishment, stricture, lecture, criticism, recrimination, tirade, diatribe, philippic, harangue, attack
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    1. 1.1 A loud blast of a noise.
      ‘an earful of static’
      • ‘This recently unearthed live recording features the first of that vaunted trio, offering a fascinating earful of the sound of hip London clubland in 1964.’
      • ‘Get an earful of what the latest in techno-gadgetry sounds like on 10,000 sq. ft floor space, hosting international and national brands.’
      • ‘The 50s singer would then give the average American an earful.’