Mug ears? Trophy ears?

Suilan

Senior Member
Germany (NRW)
Hi,

Is there a single expression in English to describe ears the kind that Prince Charles has? (No offense intended, just for the sake of clarity.) Since it is a fantasy story, I can't use Prince Charles as comparison, unfortunately.

(In German: Segelohren = "ears like sails")

My dictionary gives me the above two expressions, but after some googling, I gather that neither works, right?

OK, the first time I describe Frank's ears as "large ears that stuck out at odd angles."

But there are two other occasions where I don't have the space for such a long roundabout description. Like in:

Frank rolled up his sleeves, looking grim and determined, which Laura thought quite an achievement for someone with a snub nose and trophy ears.
Can anyone help me please?
 
  • tepatria

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    I've heard cauliflower ears, but jug ears is good. Lately a friend described a young man as having satellite-dish ears, not very complimentary, but very descriptive.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    "Dumbo Ears"

    Dumbo was a cartoon character in a Walt Disney movie I believe. He had very large ears and he was able to use them like wings and fly.

    http://www.elephantcountryweb.com/Ellies3/dumbo.gif

    There was a song of that name too:

    (I am working from memory here--a good many years since I have heard it.)

    I've seen a barn dance
    I've seen a board walk
    I've seen a needle that winked it's eye.
    But I think I will have seen everything when I see an elephant fly...
     

    Suilan

    Senior Member
    Germany (NRW)
    Thanks again!

    Yep, I know Dumbo. Dumbo ears would be nice imagery if I weren't writing a fantasy story set in a time about 1400 years before electricity was invented. ;)
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Thanks again!

    Yep, I know Dumbo. Dumbo ears would be nice imagery if I weren't writing a fantasy story set in a time about 1400 years before electricity was invented. ;)

    Well, yes, I see your point. Not about the electricity which has no bearing on Dumbo or flight, but certainly before the existence of Dumbo.
     
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