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[eer-ing] /ˈɪər ɪŋ/

noun, Nautical.
a rope attached to a cringle and used for bending a corner of a sail to a yard, boom, or gaff or for reefing a sail.
[eer] /ɪər/
the part of a cereal plant, as corn, wheat, etc., that contains the flowers and hence the fruit, grains, or kernels.
verb (used without object)
to form or put forth ears.
[eer] /ɪər/
verb (used with object), British Dialect.
to plow; cultivate.
(nautical) a line fastened to a corner of a sail for reefing
the organ of hearing and balance in higher vertebrates and of balance only in fishes. In man and other mammals it consists of three parts See external ear, middle ear, internal ear related adjectives aural otic
the outermost cartilaginous part of the ear (pinna) in mammals, esp man
the sense of hearing
sensitivity to musical sounds, poetic diction, etc: he has an ear for music
attention, esp favourable attention; consideration; heed (esp in the phrases give ear to, lend an ear)
an object resembling the external ear in shape or position, such as a handle on a jug
Also called (esp Brit) earpiece. a display box at the head of a newspaper page, esp the front page, for advertisements, etc
all ears, very attentive; listening carefully
by ear, without reading from written music
(slang) chew someone’s ear, to reprimand severely
fall on deaf ears, to be ignored or pass unnoticed
(Caribbean) have hard ears, to be stubbornly disobedient
(informal) a flea in one’s ear, a sharp rebuke
have the ear of, to be in a position to influence: he has the ear of the president
in one ear and out the other, heard but unheeded
keep one’s ear to the ground, have one’s ear to the ground, to be or try to be well informed about current trends and opinions
(informal) make a pig’s ear of, to ruin disastrously
one’s ears are burning, one is aware of being the topic of another’s conversation
(informal) out on one’s ear, dismissed unceremoniously
play by ear

prick up one’s ears, to start to listen attentively; become interested
set by the ears, to cause disagreement or commotion
(informal) a thick ear, a blow on the ear delivered as punishment, in anger, etc
turn a deaf ear, to be deliberately unresponsive
(informal) up to one’s ears, deeply involved, as in work or debt
(informal) wet behind the ears, inexperienced; naive; immature
the part of a cereal plant, such as wheat or barley, that contains the seeds, grains, or kernels
(intransitive) (of cereal plants) to develop such parts

“organ of hearing,” Old English eare “ear,” from Proto-Germanic *auzon (cf. Old Norse eyra, Danish øre, Old Frisian are, Old Saxon ore, Middle Dutch ore, Dutch oor, Old High German ora, German Ohr, Gothic auso), from PIE *ous- with a sense of “perception” (cf. Greek aus, Latin auris, Lithuanian ausis, Old Church Slavonic ucho, Old Irish au “ear,” Avestan usi “the two ears”).

The belief that itching or burning ears means someone is talking about you is mentioned in Pliny’s “Natural History” (77 C.E.). Until at least the 1880s, even some medical men still believed piercing the ear lobes improved one’s eyesight. Meaning “handle of a pitcher” is mid-15c. (but cf. Old English earde “having a handle”). To be wet behind the ears “naive” is implied from 1914. Phrase walls have ears attested from 1610s. Ear-bash (v.) is Australian slang (1944) for “to talk inordinately” (to someone).

“grain part of corn,” from Old English ear (West Saxon), æher (Northumbrian) “spike, ear of grain,” from Proto-Germanic *akhaz (genitive *akhizaz; cf. Dutch aar, Old High German ehir, German Ähre, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs “ear of corn”), from PIE root *ak- “sharp, pointed” (cf. Latin acus “husk of corn,” Greek akoste “barley;” see acrid).

ear (ēr)

ear 1

ear 2
The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn or wheat.

The organ of hearing, which also plays a role in maintaining balance. It is divided into the outer ear (from the outside to the eardrum), the middle ear, and the inner ear.


To listen; hear: Rosen Tapes To Be Eared By The Judge (1583+)

Related Terms

all ears, bend someone’s ear, blow it out, cauliflower ear, chew someone’s ear off, elephant ears, have something coming out of one’s ears, in a pig’s ass, not dry behind the ears, pin someone’s ears back, play it by ear, pound one’s ear, pretty ear, pull in one’s ears, put a bug in someone’s ear, put it in your ear, rabbit ears, stand around with one’s finger up one’s ass, steam was coming out of someone’s ears, stick it, talk someone’s ear off, warm someone’s ear

an Old English word (from the Latin aro, I plough), meaning “ploughing.” It is used in the Authorized Version in Gen. 45:6; Ex. 34:21; 1 Sam. 8:12; Deut. 21:4; Isa. 30:24; but the Revised Version has rendered the original in these places by the ordinary word to plough or till.

used frequently in a figurative sense (Ps. 34:15). To “uncover the ear” is to show respect to a person (1 Sam. 20:2 marg.). To have the “ear heavy”, or to have “uncircumcised ears” (Isa. 6:10), is to be inattentive and disobedient. To have the ear “bored” through with an awl was a sign of perpetual servitude (Ex. 21:6).

In addition to the idioms beginning with ear
ear to the ground, have one’s


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