Definition of earworm in English:

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earworm

Pronunciation: /ˈirˌwərm/

noun

1 short for corn earworm.
Example sentences
  • The earworm probably does not overwinter in Nebraska, although larvae have been collected here as early as April.
  • Their optimism is rooted in laboratory and field trials showing higher earworm mortality rates and less ear damage in high-maysin corn than in nonmaysin corn.
  • Maysin works by binding up certain proteins in the earworm's gut so that it cannot grow.
2 informal A catchy song or tune that runs continually through a person’s mind.
Example sentences
  • For your listening pleasure, we present our all-time favorite Christmas earworm, "Last Christmas" by Wham!
  • The conversation soon settled upon my earworm of the week: Tony Christie's newly re-released (Is This The Way To) Amarillo.
  • And earworm attacks were more frequent - and lasted longer - for musicians and music lovers.

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Syllabification: ear·worm

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