Synonyms for earless


Antonyms for earless

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Dim as the light was, I could distinguish the upright form to be that of the earless trapper.

They were eyeless but not blind, earless, but not without hearing.

The great Daniel De Foe did stand on high on a pillory, but he was not earless.

Lastly, in what deaf catacomb, in what earless desert, does the beginner pass the excruciating interval of his apprenticeship?

Self-elected saints with gloomy brows, this sightless, earless, voiceless child may teach you lessons you will do well to follow.

And this the dull dunces—the eyeless, earless, brainless and bloodless callosites of cavil—are pleased to call lust!

Doomed beyond doubt—doomed to quick, awful, and certain death was the earless trapper.

But we knew it was not that; we knew it was the body of a man dressed in brown buckskin—the body of the earless trapper!

This head had no ears; and the earless man had his head out of the carriage window.

We have to go deeper, or our inadequate children's insufficient children will starve amidst harvests of earless futility.


"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).


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