We hovered a dozen feet behind them, straining to overhear without being too obvious about it.
For good measure, he tosses in an unfortunate BUSBOY that happened to overhear the conversation.
Sometimes they spoke to each other, but it was too noisy on the streets to overhear much of anything.
“Everyone in the place can overhear the conversation where the person is questioning my identity and calling me sir,” she said.
In the changing room, I overhear two jocks discussing the crisis.
Not for worlds would Madge have had them overhear her conversation with Mrs. Curtis.
I could overhear their conversation, though they did not know it.
Here he was joined by Dick Ferris, and the two at once began an animated conversation, which Hal managed to overhear.
They conversed in a tone sufficiently loud for me to overhear them.
When she looked into the cabin and seen the remains uh that cow-critter, there was language it wasn't polite to overhear.
"to hear what one is not meant to hear," 1540s, from over- + hear. The notion is perhaps "to hear beyond the intended range of the voice." Old English oferhieran also meant "to not listen, to disregard, disobey" (cf. overlook for negative force of over; also Middle High German überhaeren, Middle Dutch overhoren in same sense). Related: Overheard; overhearing.