mishear

verb mis·hear \ ˌmis-ˈhir \

Definition of mishear

misheard play \-ˈhərd\; mishearing play \-ˈhir-iŋ\
: to hear wrongly
: to misunderstand what is heard

Examples of mishear in a Sentence

  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.”

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First Known Use of mishear

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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MISHEAR Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of mishear for English Language Learners

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


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