earful
noun Date: 1911 1. an outpouring of news or gossip 2. an outpouring of anger, abuse, or complaint

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • earful — (n.) a piece of one s mind, 1917, from EAR (Cf. ear) (1) + FUL (Cf. ful) …   Etymology dictionary

  • earful — ☆ earful [ir′fool΄ ] n. Informal 1. enough or too much of what is heard 2. important or startling news or gossip 3. a scolding …   English World dictionary

  • earful — [“irful] 1. n. a tremendous amount of gossip. □ I got a big earful about Sally. □ can give you an earful about the mayor. 2. n. a scolding. □ Her mother gave her an earful when she finally got home. □ …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • earful — ear|ful [ˈıəful US ˈır ] n give sb an earful informal to tell someone how angry you are about something they have done ▪ He gave me a real earful about being late so often …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • earful — I n A lot of gossip. My grandmother gave me an earful about the neighborhood. 1910s II n A significant statement. When Russell came home plastered, his wife gave him an earful that he will never forget. 1920s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • earful — [[t]ɪ͟ə(r)fʊl[/t]] N SING: a N If you say that you got an earful, you mean that someone spoke angrily to you for quite an long time. [INFORMAL] I bet Sue gave you an earful when you got home …   English dictionary

  • earful — noun give sb an earful informal to tell someone how angry you are about something they have done: He gave me a real earful about being late so often …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • earful — See an earful …   English idioms

  • earful — scolding, a lot of information (often critical) He really gave his daughter an earful when she came home late …   Idioms and examples

  • earful — Noun. Enough of hearing something or someone. E.g. I ve had an earful of you, moaning on about how poor you are when I know you ve got money saved in the bank …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • earful — UK [ˈɪə(r)fʊl] / US [ˈɪrˌfʊl] noun [singular] informal if someone gives you an earful, they speak to you angrily for a long time …   English dictionary

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