ear Definition

  • 1the organ of hearing and balance in humans and other vertebrates, especially the external part of this
  • 2the ability to perceive sounds; the sense of hearing
  • 3a small part on a cereal plant or grass that contains the seeds

Using ear: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "ear" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She covered her ears with her hands to block out the noise.

  • Example

    He has a good ear for music.

  • Example

    The corn on the cob is covered in ears.

ear Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for ear

Phrases with ear

  • to be very interested in what someone is saying and to listen carefully


    Tell me your story. I'm all ears.

  • bend someone's ear

    to talk to someone for a long time, especially in a way that they find annoying


    I'm sorry to bend your ear like this, but I really need to talk to someone.

  • play it by ear

    to decide how to deal with a situation as it develops, rather than planning everything beforehand


    We don't know how many people will come to the party, so we'll just have to play it by ear.


Summary: ear in Brief

An 'ear' [ɪr] is an organ of hearing and balance in humans and animals, as well as the ability to perceive sounds. It also refers to the part of a cereal plant or grass that contains the seeds. Phrases like 'be all ears' and 'bend someone's ear' refer to listening and talking, while 'play it by ear' means to decide as a situation develops.

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