earworm(redirected from Ohrwurm)
a song that gets stuck in your head; also called sticky tune
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1. See corn earworm.
2. A melody or a portion of a piece of music that is involuntarily repeated in one's mind.
[Sense 2, translation of German Ohrwurm, earwig, (musical) earworm : Ohr, ear + Wurm, worm.]
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(Pop Music) informal an irritatingly catchy tune
[C20: from German Ohrwurm earwig]
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