verb (used with object), heard [hurd] /hɜrd/, hear·ing.
verb (used without object), heard [hurd] /hɜrd/, hear·ing.
Origin of hear
Synonyms for hear
Antonyms for hear
Examples from the Web for hearer
Historical Examples of hearer
His assumption that his absence had been noticed rather nettled his hearer.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
If he had expected any display from his hearer he must have been disappointed.The Night Riders
It is relative to the knowledge of the writer and reader or of the speaker and hearer.Cratylus
It is to be noted that one of them is supposed to be a hearer of Socrates; the other is only acquainted with his actions.Laches
He paused, evidently expecting his hearer to make some comment.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
verb hears, hearing or heard (hɜːd)
Word Origin for hear
mid-14c., agent noun from hear.
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!
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