[ mis-heer ]
/ mɪsˈhɪər /
verb (used with object), mis·heard, mis·hear·ing.
to hear incorrectly or imperfectly: to mishear a remark.
What Do “Numpire” and “Ewt” Have in Common?These funny-looking words may not be recognizable, but they were the ancestors of our modern-day umpire and newt. So, how did they evolve into their current forms? Because of the pesky letter n, the indefinite article a/an, and the fact that a bunch of English-speakers hundreds of years ago had hearing problems. The bouncing n and rebracketing Words like numpire and ewt underwent a process we’re playfully calling the …
What’s It Called When You Misinterpret Lyrics?Have you ever heard someone sing the wrong lyrics to a song? There's a word for that.
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Origin of mishear
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Examples from the Web for mishear
But I know how easy it is to mishear things when scary Muslims are talking.
In one thing, then, did Francis mishear the edict of lawfulness.The Life of Francis Thompson|Everard Meynell
/ (ˌmɪsˈhɪə) /
verb -hears, -hearing or -heard
to fail to hear correctly
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