overhear


over·hear

verb \ˌō-vər-ˈhir\

: to hear (something that was said to another person) by accident

over·heard\-ˈhərd\over·hear·ing\-ˈhir-iŋ\

Full Definition of OVERHEAR

transitive verb
:  to hear without the speaker's knowledge or intention
intransitive verb
:  to overhear something

Examples of OVERHEAR

  1. She overheard what her boss said to his secretary.
  2. I overheard a rumor about you.
  3. They were overheard discussing the project.

First Known Use of OVERHEAR

1549

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