The action of relating a lengthy or boring anecdote or opinion. Also as a count noun: a prolonged lecture or diatribe, usually addressed to one person.
1930s; earliest use found in Hamilton (Ohio) Evening Journal. From ear + bending.
1Given to speaking at length, especially in a boring or insistent manner.
2Of sound, especially music: extremely loud; grating, dissonant.
Early 20th century (in an earlier sense). From ear + bending.