mishear

verb
mis·​hear | \ ˌmis-ˈhir How to pronounce mishear (audio) \
misheard\ ˌmis-​ˈhərd How to pronounce misheard (audio) \; mishearing\ ˌmis-​ˈhir-​iŋ How to pronounce mishearing (audio) \

Definition of mishear

transitive verb

: to hear wrongly

intransitive verb

: to misunderstand what is heard

Examples of mishear in a Sentence

You misheard me. I said I was feeling anxious, not angry. I must have misheard the instructions. I misheard “mother” as “mutter.”
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But on rare occasions when the AI device mishears a word or phrase, it can be accidentally triggered and start recording. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Apple has stopped letting contractors listen to Siri voice recordings," 2 Aug. 2019 In roughly 150 of the recordings, the broadcaster says the assistant appears to have activated incorrectly after mishearing its wake word. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House social media summit was full of hypocrisy — and comedy," 12 July 2019 In roughly 150 of the recordings, the broadcaster says the assistant appears to have activated incorrectly after mishearing its wake word. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House social media summit was full of hypocrisy — and comedy," 12 July 2019 In roughly 150 of the recordings, the broadcaster says the assistant appears to have activated incorrectly after mishearing its wake word. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?," 10 July 2019 But while these flukes make good headlines, the odds of an Amazon Echo mishearing its way through the multi-step process of sending a voice recording are slim. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Senators Demand Answers From Amazon on Echo's Snooping Habits," 14 June 2018 There have been reported cases where Amazon Echoes randomly started laughing, a glitch attributed to the device mishearing speech. NBC News, "Alexa privacy fail highlights risks of smart speakers," 26 May 2018 That’s called a mondegreen, when a word or phrase is created after mishearing something said or sung. Southern Living, "Today Is National Ampersand Day," 8 Sep. 2017 Mishearing the TV can be a sign of hearing loss, but ears aren’t the only culprit. Geoffrey A. Fowler, WSJ, "The TV Is Hard to Hear—but You Can Fix That," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of mishear

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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mishear

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mishear

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

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