verb (used with object), heard [hurd] /hɜrd/, hear·ing.
verb (used without object), heard [hurd] /hɜrd/, hear·ing.
Origin of hear
British Dictionary definitions for hear of
verb hears, hearing or heard (hɜːd)
Word Origin for hear
Word Origin and History for hear of
Old English heran (Anglian), (ge)hieran, hyran (West Saxon) "to hear, listen (to), obey, follow; accede to, grant; judge," from Proto-Germanic *hauzjan (cf. Old Norse heyra, Old Frisian hora, Dutch horen, German hören, Gothic hausjan), perhaps from PIE *kous- "to hear" (see acoustic). The shift from *-z- to -r- is a regular feature in some Germanic languages.
For spelling, see see head (n.); spelling distinction between hear and here developed 1200-1550. Old English also had the excellent adjective hiersum "ready to hear, obedient," literally "hear-some" with suffix from handsome, etc. Hear, hear! (1680s) was originally imperative, used as an exclamation to call attention to a speaker's words; now a general cheer of approval. Originally it was hear him!
Medicine definitions for hear of
Idioms and Phrases with hear of (1 of 2)
Be informed about, as in I'd never heard of that jazz singer before, but she was very good. [Late 1500s] Also see not have it (hear of it).
Idioms and Phrases with hear of (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with hear
- hear a peep out of
- hear a pin drop, can
- hear from
- hear of
- hear oneself think, can't
- hear out
- another county heard from
- hard of hearing
- never hear the end of
- not have it (hear of it)
- unheard of