|Origin:||Old English eare|
|Origin:||Old English ear|
ear S2 W2
one of the organs on either side of your head that you hear with:
part of your body[countable]HBH
She tucked her hair behind her ears.
She's had her ears pierced (=small holes made in her ears in order to wear earrings).
whisper/say (something) in somebody's ear
Lou whispered something in his ear.
a long-eared rabbit
inner/middle ear (=the parts inside your ear which you use to hear sounds)
used to talk about hearing
It sounds odd to the ears of an ordinary English speaker.
I just wondered if the rumour had reached your ears (=if you had heard it).
➔ prick (up) your earsat prick1 (5)
the top part of a plant such as wheat that produces grain
an ear of corn
to show that you are very happy or pleased by smiling a lot:
She came out of his office, beaming from ear to ear.
the ability to learn music, copy sounds etc
used to say that someone listens sympathetically to what someone is saying:
He's always prepared to lend a sympathetic ear.
to refuse to listen to bad or unpleasant news:
You can't just close your ears to their warnings.
➔ turn a deaf earat deaf (4)
; ➔ fall on deaf earsat deaf (5)
to be very keen to hear what someone is going to tell you:
As soon as I mentioned money, Karen was all ears.
to be forced to leave a job, organization etc, especially because you have done something wrong:
You'd better start working harder, or you'll be out on your ear.
to have a lot of work etc
to have too much of something:
We've got pumpkins coming out our ears this time of year.
to make sure that you always know what is happening in a situation
to always be listening in order to find out what is happening or to hear some useful information:
I hope you'll all keep your eyes and ears open for anything unusual.
if information goes in one ear and out the other, you forget it as soon as you have heard it:
I don't know why I tell her anything. It just goes in one ear and out the other.
15 British English informal
to hit someone on the ear:
Behave yourself or I'll give you a thick ear!
to be trusted by someone so that they will listen to your advice, opinions etc:
He claimed to have the ear of several top ministers.
to play music that you have heard without having to read written music
➔ play it by earat play1 (11)
used to say that someone thinks that people are talking about them
19 British English spoken
used to say that someone is trying to listen to your private conversation