Translation of ear in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ɪr; ɪə(r)/


  • 1 1.1 [Anatomy/Anatomía] (organ) oído (m); (outer part) oreja (f) he has big ears tiene orejas grandes the inner/middle/outer ear el oído interno/medio/externo ear, nose and throat department el departamento de otorrinolaringología or de oído, nariz y garganta to grin from ear to ear sonreír* de oreja a oreja to listen with a sympathetic ear escuchar con actitud comprensiva to listen with half an ear escuchar a medias her ears must be burning le deben estar ardiendo las orejas or zumbando los oídos to be all ears ser* todo oídos to bend sb's ear [colloquial/familiar] darle* la lata a algn [colloquial/familiar] to be out on one's ear [colloquial/familiar] you'll be out on your ear te van a poner de patitas en la calle [colloquial/familiar] to be up to one's ears in debt/trouble/work estar* hasta aquí or hasta las orejas de deudas/problemas/trabajo to be wet behind the ears estar* verde, no tener* experiencia to come to sb's ears llegar* a oídos de algn to fall down about o around one's ears the house is falling down around our ears la casa se nos está viniendo abajo or cayendo a pedazos it brought their dreams crashing down about their ears echó por tierra sus ilusiones to fall on deaf ears caer* en oídos sordos to give sb a thick ear [colloquial/familiar] darle* una torta or un moquete a algn [colloquial/familiar] to go in one ear and out the other [colloquial/familiar] I've told her a thousand times, but it just goes in one ear and out the other se lo he dicho mil veces, pero le entra por un oído y le sale por el otro to have/keep one's ear to the ground mantenerse* atento to have sb's ear gozar* de la confianza de algn to lend an ear to sb prestarle atención a algn to pin back one's ears now pin back your ears [colloquial/familiar] escuchen bien, paren la oreja (Latin America/América Latina) [colloquial/familiar] I'll pin back his ears for him! (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] le voy a dar un buen tirón de orejas [colloquial/familiar] seepin back to prick up one's ears [person] aguzar* el oído, parar la(s) oreja(s) (Latin America/América Latina) [colloquial/familiar] (lit) [dog/horse] levantar or (Latin America/América Latina) parar las orejas to set sb by the ears the will set the whole family by the ears el testamento sembró la discordia entre or enemistó a los miembros de la familia to set sth on its ear (American English/inglés norteamericano) causar revuelo en algo, revolucionar algo to turn a deaf ear to sb/sth hacer* oídos sordos a algn/algo
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    • If the growth is large, then it may have caused more damage and this sometimes leads to some loss of hearing in the affected ear.
    • Surgeons are sometimes able to preserve some hearing in the ear being operated on, but this is rare.
    • The balancing mechanism in the ear can be tested in various ways using vestibulometric tests.
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    • They have a tragus, which can be folded back to seal the opening of the ear when the animal digs.
    • In many ways, the cetacean ear is radically different from the ear of terrestrial mammals.
    • Then she would have leaned over and stroked the mare's neck whispering sweet nothings in her ear as the animal pranced.
    1.2 (sense of hearing) oído (masculine) pleasing to the ear agradable al oído to have a good ear for music/languages tener* oído para la música/los idiomas to play an instrument/a piece by ear tocar* un instrumento/una pieza de oído to play it by ear what are you going to say? — I don't know, I'll just have to play it by ear ¿qué vas a decir? — no sé, ya veré llegado el momento or sobre la marcha
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    • But with near sensory overload of sound, music and colour, not having an ear for the Danish language didn't matter.
    • In fact, it sounded so good that it seemed as though someone with an ear for classical music was at the helm of this company and so we decided to investigate.
    • He was also a magnificent writer with an ear for language and a wonderful imagination, and a fine poet to boot.

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