The other day I overheard two people talking about the health dangers of pizza.
“All these questions from journalists,” he said, in a voice that was just loud enough to be overheard.
A few days later, I overheard someone say a person they knew had "lost the battle" against cancer.
He utters the aphorism in immaculate French, and judging from an overheard phone call, his Italian is almost as good.
At that point, a sphere lit up, resembling the landing of the UFO in E.T., and the overheard lights descended on the stage.
Possibly Krupp had overheard the conversation, or divined its nature.
Come, I beg your pardon that I overheard you, and yet it shall not need.
I listened, but so profound was her sleep, that not even her breathings could be overheard.
A wine-glass had also been called for, for Miss Sophia, whose weeping had been overheard.
The situation had been made clear to him by the angry exclamations he had just overheard.
"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.