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 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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The first known use of mishear was before the 12th century

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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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