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[mis-heer] /mɪsˈhɪər/
verb (used with object), misheard, mishearing.
to hear incorrectly or imperfectly:
to mishear a remark.
Origin of mishear
before 1000; Middle English misheren, Old English mishīeran. See mis-1, hear Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for misheard
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  • Mother of God, to think I may have misheard, and a man died for nothing!

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • You must have misheard or misunderstood me if you thought so.

    Phineas Redux

    Anthony Trollope
  • Again, it may be that Sir Everard misheard or misunderstood Garnet, that his memory failed him, or even that he lied.

    The Life of a Conspirator

    Thomas Longueville
British Dictionary definitions for misheard


verb -hears, -hearing, -heard
to fail to hear correctly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misheard



Old English mishieran, mishyran "to disobey;" see mis- (1) + hear. Sense of "to hear incorrectly" first recorded early 13c. Related: Misheard; mishearing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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