Main definitions of ear-bending in English

: ear-bending1ear-bending2

ear-bending1

Pronunciation /ˈɪəˌbɛndɪŋ/

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noun

informal US
  • 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.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in Hamilton (Ohio) Evening Journal. From ear + bending.

Main definitions of ear-bending in English

: ear-bending1ear-bending2

ear-bending2

Pronunciation /ˈɪəˌbɛndɪŋ/

See synonyms for ear-bending

adjective

informal US
  • 1Given to speaking at length, especially in a boring or insistent manner.

  • 2Of sound, especially music: extremely loud; grating, dissonant.

Origin

Early 20th century (in an earlier sense). From ear + bending.