verb over·hear \ˌō-vər-ˈhir\

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


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

OVERHEARING Defined for Kids


verb over·hear \ˌō-vər-ˈhir\
over·heard \-ˈhərd\over·hear·ing \-ˈhir-iŋ\

Definition of OVERHEAR for Kids

:  to hear something by accident without the speaker's knowledge


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