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)

transitive verb

: to hear wrongly

intransitive verb

: to misunderstand what is heard

Example Sentences

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 Responding, Thompson defended the profession and appeared either to mishear the host or not know who Sean Bean was. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 11 Aug. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Mishear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mishear. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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