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From listen +‎ -er.



listener (plural listeners)

  1. Someone who listens, especially to a speech or a broadcast.
    • 1904, William Henry Hudson, “chapter 2”, in Green Mansions:
      [] she would set herself going, telling the most interminable stories, until the last listener was fast asleep []
    • 1937, John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men:
      And then her words tumbled out in a passion of communication, as though she hurried before her listener could be taken away.
  2. (computing, programming, chiefly Java) A function that runs in response to an event; an event handler.
  3. (slang) A person's ear.
    • Fancy Gazette, quoted in 1823, John Badcock, Slang, a Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit, of Bon-Ton, and the Varieties of Life(Can we date this quote by Fancy Gazette and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Gas now planted his favourite hit under the left listener of his antagonist, which sent him to dorse.
  4. (formal) A musical anthology.

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  • Japanese: リスナー (risunā)


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