- noun 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.
- verb to ‘buttonhole’ (someone); in other words, to detain (someone) in conversation
- verb to scrounge; from on the earhole/ear’ole, which earlier in the 20th century meant to try to swindle
- verb to nag, shout at, talk incessantly
- verb to listen to, eavesdrop