ear'ole

I. n
British
a dull, gormless or exasperating person. A word used typically by working-class schoolchildren in the 1970s to refer to tedious fellow pupils or adults.
II. vb
British
1.
to 'buttonhole' (someone); in other words, to detain (someone) in conversa-tion
2.
to scrounge; from on the earhole/ear'ole, which earlier in the 20th century meant to try to swindle
3.
to nag, shout at, talk incessantly
4.
to listen to, eavesdrop
All these senses of the word are in mainly working-class use and are most commonly heard in London.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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