[+person, animal] oreille f
→ He whispered something in her ear.
→ I'm having my ears pierced.
the golden ring he wore in one ear l'anneau en or qu'il portait à l'oreille
to have an ear for music avoir l'oreille musicale
→ She had an ear for music, and could play 5 instruments.
→ Moby certainly has a fine ear for a tune.
to have an ear for languages avoir de l'oreille pour les langues
→ An ear for foreign languages is advantageous.
up to one's ears in debt endetté (e) jusqu'au cou
→ He was desperate. He was up to his ears in debt.
to be up to one's ears in work avoir du travail par-dessus la tête
→ "Why don't you come with me?" -- "I can't. I'm up to my ears in reports."
to play by ear (without music)
to play it by ear (fig) (without planning ahead)
improviser le moment venu
to be all ears * être tout oreilles, être tout ouïe
to bend sb's ear *
(=talk a lot) rebattre les oreilles de qn *
→ When she turned up I bent her ear for three-quarters of an hour
→ I gave her some champagne and let her bend my ear about him for a while
to box sb's ears gifler qn
to fall on deaf ears
[request] ne pas être entendu (e)
to turn a deaf ear to sth
(=ignore) faire la sourde oreille à qch
to keep one's ear to the ground, to have one's ear to the ground
(=be on the lookout for information) se tenir au courant
→ I encouraged my agent to keep his ear to the ground
→ no-one could doubt that he had his ear to the ground.
to listen to sth/sb with only half an ear n'écouter qch/qn que d'une oreille
to lend an ear to sb
(=listen sympathetically) prêter une oreille attentive à qn
to go in one ear and out the other entrer par une oreille et sortir par l'autre
→ the content of most of these books is so banal, it goes in one ear and out the other
out on one's ear *
(=thrown out) viré (e)
n otite f
→ she has had at least one ear infection every month
ear, nose and throat department
n service m d'oto-rhino-laryngologie
ear, nose and throat specialist
n oto-rhino-laryngologiste mf
[sound] strident (e)
→ ... ear-splitting screams.
n oreille f moyenne