verb mis·hear \ˌmis-ˈhir\

: to hear (a person who is speaking) incorrectly : to hear (something that is said) incorrectly


Full Definition of MISHEAR

transitive verb
:  to hear wrongly
intransitive verb
:  to misunderstand what is heard

Examples of MISHEAR

  1. You misheard me. I said I was feeling anxious, not angry.
  2. I must have misheard the instructions.
  3. I misheard mother as mutter.

First Known Use of MISHEAR

before 12th century


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