Definition of ear-piercing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈi(ə)rˌpi(ə)rsiNG/


Loud and shrill: the alarm emits an ear-piercing screech
More example sentences
  • Then Stefan let out a loud ear-piercing scream.
  • Letting his wavy brown hair cover his darkened eyes, a shrill, ear-piercing scream filled the hallways.
  • The only reply he received was a shrill, blood-curdling, ear-piercing scream that seemed to echo in the small, still room.


The practice of making holes in the lobes or edges of the ears to allow the wearing of earrings.
Example sentences
  • There's a lot of kind of tribal-type decoration and tattoos and ear-piercings and people would cut up their clothes in a very careful way.
  • Sitting next to her was a young man with a shaved head, topknot of hair, ear-piercings you could fit a dinner plate in, tattoos and a leather notebook in which he was writing.
  • I thought myself a feisty, little girl with my short, spiked hair and my three ear-piercings and fake nose ring.

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Syllabification: ear-pierc·ing

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