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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EAR

As I approached her apartment, the voice of Alcibiades met my ear.

The sound in her ear had grown to a roar, as of many mill-wheels.

Harry turned to Philip and spoke to him, shouting in his ear the explanation.

A voice broke on his ear, coming, it seemed, from another world.

The impact of sounds on his ear from the receiver set him to attention.

A slight noise had caught his ear, he had stooped, listening.

Above the horizon is a goddess who holds in her left hand an ear of corn.

He placed it to his ear, thinking it had stopped, but found himself mistaken.

Chip whispered the question in the ear of the perturbed Little Doctor.

There were some thoughts which he could not whisper into even Silver's ear.

WORD ORIGIN

"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).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EAR

listener

nounone who hears
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