mishear

verb
mis·​hear | \ ˌmis-ˈhir How to pronounce mishear (audio) \
misheard\ ˌmis-​ˈhərd How to pronounce mishear (audio) \; mishearing\ ˌmis-​ˈhir-​iŋ How to pronounce mishear (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.”
Recent Examples on the Web 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, 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, 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, 12 July 2019 On Twitter, the reporter who wrote the article said the mistake happened because the comment by Buttigieg happened with a noisy background, causing the reporter to mishear the recording while transcribing at a rally. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 11 Nov. 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, 12 July 2019 But on rare occasions when the AI device mishears a word or phrase, it can be accidentally triggered and start recording. Rob Picheta, CNN, 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, 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, 12 July 2019 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mishear. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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