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
Related Words for hearersgathering, crowd, gallery, congregation, public, market, assembly, house, following, turnout, assemblage, admirers, hearers, theatergoers, playgoers, auditor, snoop, sleuth, wiretapper, peer
Examples from the Web for hearers
Historical Examples of hearers
He gives what His hearers might be assumed to be able to assimilate; but that is all.The Conquest of Fear
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
The effect of this declaration upon its hearers was remarkable.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
His hearers looked at him, and Mr. Wade alone understood his thoughts.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
The tone in which it was whispered prevented any doubts in the minds of his hearers.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
verb hears, hearing or heard (hɜːd)
Word Origin for 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