ear

ear

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English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪə̯/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪɹ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)
  • Homophone: -eer

Etymology 1

From Middle English ere, eare, from Old English ēare (ear), from the voiced Verner alternant of Proto-Germanic *ausô (ear) (compare Scots ear, West Frisian ear, Dutch oor, German Ohr, Swedish öra, Danish øre), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ṓws (compare Old Irish áu, Latin auris, Lithuanian ausìs, Russian у́хо (úxo), Albanian vesh, Ancient Greek οὖς (oûs), Old Armenian ունկն (unkn), and Persian هوش(huš)).

Noun

ear (plural ears)

  1. (countable) The organ of hearing, consisting of the pinna, auditory canal, eardrum, malleus, incus, stapes and cochlea.
  2. (countable) The external part of the organ of hearing, the auricle.
  3. (countable, slang) A police informant.
    • 1976, Stirling Silliphant, Dean Riesner, Gail Morgan Hickman, The Enforcer.
      No I'm not kidding, and if you don't give it to me I'll let it out that you’re an ear.
  4. The sense of hearing; the perception of sounds; skill or good taste in listening to music.
    • Tennyson
      songs [] not all ungrateful to thine ear
  5. The privilege of being kindly heard; favour; attention.
    • Francis Bacon
      Dionysius [] would give no ear to his suit.
    • William Shakespeare
      Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.
  6. That which resembles in shape or position the ear of an animal; a prominence or projection on an object, usually for support or attachment; a lug; a handle.
  7. (architecture) An acroterium.
  8. (architecture) A crossette.
Alternative forms
  • ere
Descendants
  • Tok Pisin: ia
Derived terms
  • Pages starting with "ear".
Translations

Verb

ear (third-person singular simple present ears, present participle earing, simple past and past participle eared)

  1. (humorous) To take in with the ears; to hear.
    • Two Noble Kinsmen
      I eared her language.

See also

  • ear on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • aural

Etymology 2

From Middle English eere, er, from Old English ēar (Northumbrian dialect æhher), from Proto-Germanic *ahaz (compare West Frisian ier, Dutch aar, German Ähre), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (sharp) (compare Latin acus (needle; husk), Tocharian B āk (ear, awn), Old Church Slavonic ость (ostĭ, wheat spike, sharp point). More at edge.

Noun

ear (plural ears)

  1. (countable) The fruiting body of a grain plant.
    He is in the fields, harvesting ears of corn.
Synonyms
  • head
  • spike
Derived terms
  • corn earworm
Translations

Verb

ear (third-person singular simple present ears, present participle earing, simple past and past participle eared)

  1. (intransitive) To put forth ears in growing; to form ears, as grain does.
    This corn ears well.
Translations

Etymology 3

From Old English erian, from Proto-Germanic *arjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂erh₃- (to plough).

Verb

ear (third-person singular simple present ears, present participle earing, simple past and past participle eared)

  1. (archaic) To plough.
    • 1595, William Shakespeare, Richard II:
      That power I have, discharge; and let them go
      To ear the land that hath some hope to grow,
      For I have none.
    • And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a rough valley, which is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley
Translations

Anagrams

  • ARE, Aer, ERA, REA, Rae, Rea, aer-, are, aër-, era, rea

Latin

Verb

ear

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of

Middle English

Noun

ear

  1. Alternative form of eere (ear of grain)

Old English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /æːɑ̯r/, [æːɑ̯r]

Etymology 1

From Proto-Germanic *auraz. Akin to Old Norse aurr (mud).

Noun

ēar m

  1. sea
  2. earth

Descendants

  • Old English: Ēarmūþa
    • English: Yarmouth

Etymology 2

From Proto-Germanic *ahaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (pointed).

Noun

ēar n

  1. ear (of corn)

Alternative forms

  • æhher (Northumbria)

Descendants

  • Middle English: eere, ear, ere, er, ȝer, eyre
    • English: ear
    • Scots: aicher, icker, aiker (< æhher)

Scottish Gaelic

Noun

ear f

  1. east

Antonyms

  • iar

Derived terms

  • an ear
  • sear

West Frisian

Etymology

From Old Frisian āre, from the voiced Verner alternant of Proto-Germanic *ausô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ṓws.

Noun

ear n (plural earen, diminutive earke)

  1. ear

Derived terms

  • earbel
  • earring

Further reading

  • “ear (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

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